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Common Core Expertise

DRC is a leader in helping states transition to new standards or to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In this role, we have been instrumental in helping our state clients implement a variety of transition strategies ranging from helping them design a new assessment system to helping them increase the rigor of an existing system.

Our tasks have ranged from serving as national content experts providing support to alignment of the common core to existing state standards to working with a given state’s educators to develop a new set of career- and college-readiness standards.  DRC’s work through the years in developing items and tests for numerous state testing programs and in conducting over 300 alignment studies has uniquely prepared our team to provide this support to states in transition.

DRC’s Test Development team has thoroughly researched the CCSS, and we have experience working with several states in developing items and aligning state standards to the CCSS. Our experience includes:

  • Item development for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

  • Review of the proposed Alaska alignment to the Common Core (completed by Alaska educators) and providing feedback to the Department for alignment to the Common Core

  • Development of CCSS-aligned items for the Alaska Standards Based Assessment in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics

  • Review of the Louisiana alignment to the Common Core

  • Development of new passage-based items and prompts aligned to the CCSS for Louisiana

  • Review of the Alabama reading and mathematics alignment to the Common Core

  • Development of CCSS-aligned items for the Pennsylvania Classroom Diagnostic Tool (CDT) in Reading (grades 3–8), Literature (high school), Writing (grades 3–8), English Composition (high school), Mathematics (grades 3–high school), Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry

  • Development of CCSS-aligned items for the Pennsylvania Keystone Exams for Literature, English Composition, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry

  • Development of assessment anchors and eligible content (standards and objectives), items, and learning progressions aligned to the Common Core, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

DRC is committed to partnering with our client states to assist in ensuring a smooth transition to the rigorous common core standards and assessments.

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