Standards, Curriculum, Instruction, and Culture Studies

At edCount, we believe that evaluation is a critical component of any education system. States and districts that take the time to examine how their instructional systems are functioning – from the way the school environment or day is laid out to the way instruction reflects academic content standards – can use this valuable information to revise and improve these systems to better meet their goals.

For clients that are shifting to new academic content standards, edCount conducts gap analyses or cross-walk studies to identify content overlap between the two sets of standards. The findings from these studies may, in turn, identify or require necessary changes to curriculum or other instructional practices, to ensure that these continue to reflect the knowledge, skills, and abilities that should be prioritized for teaching and learning.  edCount also helps clients evaluate how well their existing curricula and content standards align with one another to ensure coherence in the instructional system.

For clients that wish to examine the contexts in which standards and curricula are used, edCount conducts studies of school culture and educational environments to provide richer and more comprehensive information about how the structure of these environments may affect teaching practice or learning outcomes. 

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Gap Analysis: Comparing the Common Core State Standards and State Content Standards

edCount designed and conducted gap analysis studies for the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center (Clerc Center) to facilitate their transition to new standards based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

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