Massachusetts QRIS participants - Assessment of  Program Practices Tool (APT) Training


For Massachusetts QRIS (MA Quality Rating and Improvement System Standards) participants, NIOST has the following offerings:

APT Training (for level 1 and level 2 programs)

For programs initiating self-assessment and data collection. This training is designed for afterschool program staff and managers.

  • How APT fits into the QRIS quality improvement process
  • How to conduct observation and an introduction to the APT Tool
  • Understanding the specific sections of the APT-O & APT-Q that are required
  • Using APT – to help guide you in self-assessment and continuous program improvement
  • How to interpret your data and using the information for program improvement (touching on topics such as linking to academics, staff development training, connecting to schools and families, etc.)

Important: We strongly encourage people to register in teams of at least two per program.


Contact us to learn more about APT training.

Upcoming APT QRIS Training:

Dates for Spring 2014 APT Training:

West Springfield, MA - June 7, 2014 POSTPONED

Milford, MA - June 14, 2014 9:30am-3:30pm

Hanover, MA - June 28, 2014 9:00am-3:00pm

Please contact IEPD to register.

Registration fee includes 5.5 hrs of on-site training:

  • Training is hands-on and includes a comprehensive reference notebook.
  • Those who complete the QRIS/APT training will receive the APT tool electronically for use at their site.
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks provided.



Other services:

1) APT Training for Level 3 programs moving to Level 4:
Using your findings from the APT to target specific areas of quality identified by the tools and how program practices can be adapted to improve ratings in these areas
Option: Reliability training for APT users

2) APT Coaching or individualized support to help implement the tool and interpret the data

3) APT Results - Data collection and analysis including preparation of an individual site report with key findings.

More Information:



        For more information, please contact NIOST at 781-283-2547 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To register for training or for details, contact IEPD.

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