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Capital Quality (QRIS)

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) Division of Early Learning (DEL) recently launched Capital Quality, the District of Columbia’s enhanced Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Capital Quality replaces Going for the Gold, the District’s original QRIS, with a system that measures program quality and focuses on continuous quality improvement. OSSE recognized the need to modify to the original QRIS due to changes in the District’s education sector and an increased need for a common measure of quality across all three sectors (public charter schools, DC Public Schools, and community-based organizations). Most importantly, Capital Quality will be public-facing, which will allow parents to review and compare the program quality of various child development providers throughout the District, and make informed decisions when deciding where to enroll their child.



For additional information on Capital Quality, please access the resources below:

Technical Guide


Current Year: 2024 Protocols

2023 Protocols

2019-20 Protocols

2018-19 Protocols



2021-22 Program Year

Continuous Quality Improvement Plan (CQIP) QuickBase User Guide