has extensive experience (since 2006) overseeing the development and
administration of online testing for numerous statewide assessments. With
states transitioning to online testing in their own way and at varying paces,
DRC has provided guidance and tools for standards-based testing, delivering
grades 3–8 and high
school, end-of-course, diagnostic, and formative assessments.
the program is statewide high-stakes testing or integrated into classroom
instruction, a smooth transition to online testing is critical. As a
full-service assessment partner, we have tailored innovative solutions that
have helped our clients deliver
powerful, insightful, student-centric assessments:
Alaska—Began with a comprehensive technology readiness project to
determine district preparedness for the introduction of online testing in fall
2013, followed by an online item pilot in spring 2014 to help districts,
schools, teachers, and students gain experience with testing online.
Idaho—One of the earliest states to move
completely online; currently 99% online. In response to a survey, 100% of
districts responded that they would not want to return to paper-pencil
online cognitive interviews to students in grades K–2 in 2012. In spring
2013, DRC piloted their interim assessment online. Michigan then selected
DRC to administer next-generation assessments in DRC INSIGHT, which was done
successfully in spring 2015.
Nebraska—For the first operational
administration of their standards-based assessment (NeSA) in Spring 2010,
participation was over 75%. Nebraska achieved over 97% participation by
Oklahoma—Began transition with use of online
testing for a non-high-stakes subject (Geography). Gradually moved to
high-stakes subjects, adding mathematics and reading during the 2007–2008
classroom-based diagnostic tests in 2010, and offered end-of-course exams in both paper-pencil and online
formats. DRC has also helped transition the 3–8 program to online
delivery with the first online administration in spring 2013.
South Carolina—The State
Legislature hired DRC to do a feasibility study of the issues and costs
involved in transitioning to online testing. The state subsequently began
offering its end-of-course tests online, followed by its English language
development assessment in 2013. The 3–8 summative assessment moved online
in spring 2015.
Washington—Began voluntary online testing for grades 6–8 in 2010. In 2013,
achieved nearly 50% online participation for grades 3–8.
Consortium—DRC was selected as the technology
partner to deliver WIDA’s next-generation, technology-based language
assessment system for students in grades 1–12 who are learning English.
The field test was administered in 23 states in spring 2014, with another
field test in early 2015 and operational dual-mode testing beginning in
to online testing brings challenges in both implementation and deployment. DRC carefully reviews our
clients’ requirements and planned implementation schedule and then support our
clients to ensure a smooth transition.