Best Practice

“A best practice is a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to reliably lead to a desired result. A commitment to using the best practices in any field is a commitment to using all the knowledge and technology at one’s disposal to ensure success. The term is used frequently in the fields of health care, government administration, the education system, project management, hardware and software product development, and elsewhere.”

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Learn more about best practice and Developmentally Appropriate Practice Statements (DAPs) written by Tennessee Anchors for each of the Environment Rating Scales® used for the Tennessee Department of Human Services Report Card Evaluation and Star-Quality Program  here:


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