When EdGate first researched the best way to align content to state standards, several observations dictated the direction that the company would ultimately take in the development of the technology to support such an effort.
- State standards are concept based. Therefore "natural language" or "free text" searching and structure would not provide consistent and comprehensive results;
- State standards are specific in one state and very general in another. The EdGate system needed to address the variation of standards language;
- Available controlled vocabulary lists were inadequate. EdGate researched a number of available systems and found that none of the lists adequately and effectively addressed the topics covered not only in standards across the United States and Canada, but across other countries around the world as well.
Based on this research, EdGate developed a proprietary system for identifying content standards and aligning appropriate content to these standards. The EdGate taxonomy, our Concept Index, has a structure that provides a systematic method for identifying the key concepts of a standard, whether the standard is very broad or very specific. This allows EdGate to process content and ensure alignment to all applicable standards. EdGate packages and licenses the Concept Index by subject with all associated standards. The index for the four core subjects (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) includes 1,500 of the top concepts per subject which attains approximately 90% standards coverage. Other subjects are also available.
The most efficient component of the Concept Index is its dynamic and immediate re-alignment to new and updated standards. Unlike other systems that rely on universal identifiers to match content to standards requiring a full re-alignment for each set of newly implemented standards, the Concept Index allows for automatic re-alignment of content when new standards are implemented. Moreover, the content is correlated just once and immediately aligns to all standards, as applicable.
EdGate's correlation methodology has now received six patents. The patented process is not exclusive to K-12 curriculum and can be applied to early childhood, higher education learning outcomes, professional courses and career-related skills. The latest patent award recognizes EdGate's scrupulously-defined methodology and demonstrated uniqueness for the benefit of any user in any field looking to connect standards to outcomes.
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