Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation

Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation (MARC) is a nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bi-state Kansas City region. For more than 40 years, MARC has provided a forum for the region to work together to advance social, economic, and environmental progress in the nine counties and 120 cities it serves.

Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™)

The Kauffman Foundation currently supports the Metropolitan Council on Early Learning’s Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™), an observational instrument to assess classroom quality in infant through twelfth grade classrooms. It describes multiple dimensions of teaching that are linked to student achievement and development and has been validated in more than 2,000 classrooms. CLASS™ can be used to reliably assess classroom quality for research and program evaluation and also provides a tool to help new and experienced teachers become more effective.