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administration and scoring |
After the baseline is completed, use your Next Steps notes
and the Go Green Rating Scale Handbook to develop a com-
prehensive plan to create the safest and greenest program
possible. It is likely that once compiled, you’ll see you can
combine many of the steps so fewer are required to improve
the score. For instance, “ask building maintenance” may
be listed as a next step in several sections, yet when the
response is compiled into the plan, it may affect several key
questions at once.
Consider desired timelines or deadlines for tasks in your
plan, perhaps in blocks of thirty days. After this period,
reevaluate your plan to determine which tasks have been
completed and which remain.
Your plan may also be used to demonstrate your commit-
ment to a governing board or a parent advisory group. It
will include a good number of tasks, many of which will be
very easily completed and will indicate the importance of
being green to your program management. Your plan may
also be used to validate capital improvements, reassign staff-
ing duties, or implement other steps that are challenging but
important to your green program.
When you have completed a sufficient number of Next
Steps and feel your overall environment is improving,
complete the Go Green Rating Scale again. Reconsider each
question thoroughly, even if you were satisfied with the
baseline score. Conditions change, so it is important that
you rescore each item, rather than just accepting satisfactory
baseline scores. Due to various factors, the second score
may be lower or higher than the baseline. The new score
can be affected by things such as improved scores in other
scales or external factors beyond your control.
The score from this second pass will give you a clear picture
of the results of your green plan. If you determine that
you’ve achieved your goals, you can then put a plan in place
to maintain an acceptable level of green. If you have not
achieved your goals, you can identify additional steps to
achieve them. The Go Green Rating Scale Handbook can help
you achieve and maintain your desired level of green.
The Go Green Rating Scale is designed to be an educational
tool as well as a measure of conditions. It may be used in
part or in its entirety as frequently as desired. After you
have achieved your goals, you may want to administer the
Go Green Rating Scale on a regular basis—annually or semi-
annually—to make sure your program is staying on track.
Finally, thank you for making the commitment to improve
the lives of young children. You are in a unique leadership
position with a rare opportunity to benefit the children in
your care—now and in the future.