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Appendix C > Program Assessment Resources Program-wide Assessments Assessing School-Age Quality This instrument was originally developed by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) for use with the National School-Age Association accreditation process. While accreditation is no longer a service offered by the National School-Age Association, self-study materials are still available for pur- chase from NIOST. This tool assesses 144 standards in six areas. Those areas include 1. human relationships 2. indoor environment 3. outdoor environments 4. health, safety, and nutrition 5. activities 6. administration The scoring is based on a three-point scale. Council on Accreditation (COA) The Council on Accreditation standards used the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) accreditation standards as a basis for developing its eighth edition of standards, which includes ten additional admin- istrative standards. The standards have been wordsmithed to meet the graphic and written standards for the COA system. The system is completely online. The online system provides a variety of support documents to guide you in the accreditation process. The areas of standards are divided into three sections: 1. After School Program Administration 2. After School Human Resources 3. After School Programming and Services High Scope Youth Program Quality Assessment (Youth PQA) The Youth PQA is a research-based instrument. It was designed to evaluate the quality of youth pro- grams and identify staff development needs for structured programs serving grades four through twelve. It is intended to assess the quality of youth programs for the purposes of accountability, evalua- 270 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL