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Title: Pennsylvania Department of Education and Data Recognition Corporation Working together to meet our c

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DRC's mission is to be the preferred service
provider of high quality differentiated services
to our State Department of Education clients, our
medium and large business clients, and our U.S.
Government clients.
  • Educational testing and assessment
  • Full-service, customized solutions for
    large-scale, statewide educational assessment
  • Survey design, administration, processing, and
  • State-of-the-art research consulting and
    technology solutions, including customer
    satisfaction surveys, 360 degree feedback
    programs, and employee opinion surveys

  • High speed laser printing and mailing services
  • Custom laser printing and mailing services for
    financial statements, direct marketing, and other
    personalized communications
  • Production of scannable forms
  • Custom and standard scannable forms for optical
    mark read (OMR) and image scanning applications

DRC employs 380 regular employees and 2,200
seasonal/ temporary employees
DRC Facilities Tour
Operations Facility Brooklyn Park, MN
Operations Facility Brooklyn Park, MN
Headquarters Maple Grove, MN
Performance Assessment Facility Woodbury, MN
Performance Assessment Facility Woodbury, MN
Performance Assessment Facility Minnetonka, MN
DRC Facilities Tour
Performance Assessment Facility Cincinnati, OH
Performance Assessment Facility Harrisburg, PA
Performance Assessment Facility Woodbury, MN
Performance Assessment Facility Woodbury, MN
DRC Locations
Large-Scale, Statewide Assessment Programs
  • DRC currently supports ten State Departments of
    Education which conduct large-scale, statewide
    criterion-referenced exams.
  • Full-service custom solutions include No Child
    Left Behind Consulting, Test Development, Program
    Management, Performance Assessment, Psychometric
    Services, Operations, Document Production, and
    Web-Based Solutions.
  • Last year DRC scored nearly 5 million
    criterion-referenced tests for 2.2 million of the
    nations students.
  • DRC values its long-term relationships with its
    clients and we believe our in-depth understanding
    of testing will continue to benefit State
    Departments of Education.
  • DRC strives to provide quality services and is
    committed to future investments to serve our

Representative Client List Among All Divisions
State Governments Alabama Alaska Arkansas Georgia
Louisiana Minnesota North Carolina Ohio Pennsylvan
ia South Carolina Financial Services American
Express RBC Dain St. Paul Companies The
Hartford Federal Government Defense
Manpower Data Center (DMDC) US Army Research
Institute (RTI)
Healthcare DoD Health Benefits Unicare
Healthcare Systems University of
Minnesota Boston University Staywell Health
Management United HealthCare Westat/Medicare
CAHPS Retail/Services Avon JCPenney Target Ma
nufacturing Caterpillar Honeywell The Boeing
Company 3M Company Subaru of America
Education Client Highlights
  • Alabama AHSGE Exit

Alaska Assessments
Arkansas ACTAAP
  • High school tests in Language, Math, Reading,
    Science, and Social Studies
  • 100,000 students per subject annually
  • Grades 3-9 and high school tests in Math,
    Reading, and Writing
  • 10,000 students per grade/subject annually
  • High school tests in Algebra, Geometry, and
  • 35,000 students per subject annually

Georgia Assessments
Louisiana LEAP21/GEE21/iLEAP
Minnesota BST/MCA
  • Grades 1-8 in ELA, Math, and Reading
  • Grades 3-8 in Science and Social Studies
  • 117,000 students per grade annually
  • Grades 3-9 and high school tests in ELA, Math,
    Science, and Social Studies
  • 60,000 students per grade/subject annually
  • Grade-Level Expectations for PreK-12 in ELA,
    Math, Science, and Social Studies
  • Grade 8 and high school tests in Math and Reading
  • 150,000 students per subject annually
  • Grades 3, 5, and 7 in Math, Reading, and Writing
  • 130,000 students annually in Math and Reading
  • 65,000 students annually in Writing (Grade 5)

North Carolina Assessment
Ohio K-5 Assessment System
Pennsylvania PSSA
  • Grades 7 and 10 Writing Assessment
  • Prompt development
  • Grades K-5 tests in Math, Science, and Social
  • Item development and implementation of alternate
  • 140,000 students per grade/subject annually
  • Grades 5, 8, and high school tests in Math and
  • 150,000 students per grade/subject annually
  • Grades 6, 9, and high school tests in Writing
  • 150,000 students per subject annually

South Carolina PACT/BSAP
  • Grades 1-8 in ELA, Math, and Science
  • 60,000 students per grade/subject annually
  • Exit Exam in Math, Reading, and Writing three
  • 80,000 students annually

Full-Service Capabilities
DRC is a full-service provider of customized
solutions for statewide educational testing,
  • No Child Left Behind Consultation
  • Test Development
  • Project Management
  • Performance Assessment
  • Psychometric Services
  • Operations
  • Document Production
  • Web-Based Solutions

No Child Left Behind
DRC has developed an internal consulting group to
monitor the laws and regulations surrounding No
Child Left Behind
Test Development
  • Philosophy
  • Commitment to quality at every stage of the
  • Test Development steps that meet and/or exceed
    industry standards

Test Development Process
  • What we do
  • Analyze state-specific content curriculum
  • Develop grade-level expectations and curriculum
  • Develop domains of content
  • Develop test designs and item specifications
  • Train item writers, including teachers
  • Write, review, and revise items
  • Construct test forms to meet content and
    psychometric parameters
  • Develop test ancillaries
  • Conduct content, bias, and item/data reviews
  • Develop performance-level descriptors
  • Develop scoring guidelines
  • Facilitate range findings
  • Facilitate standard setting committees
  • Develop professional development materials and
    conduct workshops

Test Development Experience
Test development experience, including developing
items and tests for programs, includes
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • National Voluntary Reading Test at Grade 4
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Washington

Project Management
  • Philosophies
  • Partnerships/teaming
  • High quality
  • Flexibility
  • Staff is skilled in managing all aspects of
    client projects
  • Client communication
  • Assessment development
  • Production of assessment materials
  • Integration of handscoring process
  • Project documentation and controls
  • Interdepartmental coordination

Performance Assessment
  • Unsurpassed performance assessment capabilities
  • 25,000,000 essays/constructed response items
    scored in 2002-2003 school year
  • Six million scored using imaging technology
  • Four performance assessment facilities in
  • 1200 readers employed at peak of scoring season
  • Over 60 return rate of seasonal employees
  • Consistently meets or exceeds clients deadlines
  • Strong content expertise
  • Commitment to quality in-house scoring
  • Large-scale project management experience

Psychometric Services
Psychometrics team has extensive experience in
the education measurement industry
Psychometric Services
  • What we do
  • Experimental design
  • Program design and evaluation
  • Content and bias reviews utilizing IRT and
    non-IRT statistics
  • Item calibration utilizing the family of IRT
  • Structural equation modeling, including
    confirmatory factor analysis
  • Exploratory factor analysis
  • Regression analysis
  • Statistical software (both commercially available
    and DRC proprietary)
  • Development of use of test construction models
    and software
  • Data modeling and simulation studies
  • Data analysis relative to indices of reliability,
    validity, difficulty, and discrimination
    utilizing IRT and non-IRT methodologies
  • Scaling and equating utilizing IRT and non-IRT

Psychometric Services
  • What we do (continued)
  • Differential item functioning, using
    Mantel-Haenszel and logistic regression
  • Validity studies
  • Generalizability studies
  • Standard-setting studies utilizing a variety of
  • Technical reporting and additional technical
    research as required
  • Technical advisory committee participation and
    client support

State-of-the-art operations systems and
experienced operations staff
  • Focus
  • High Quality
  • High Volume
  • On-Time Delivery
  • Brooklyn Park Facility
  • Designed and built to support high volume
    document processing
  • Six miles from corporate headquarters
  • Ability to expand

Materials Management System
  • Custom designed to support high volume materials
  • Barcode-driven system achieves the highest
    quality possible for secure document processing
  • Materials are managed to the student level

Image/OMR Scanning Equipment
  • NCS OpScan21 OMR Scanners
  • NCS 5000i OMR/Image Scanner
  • ScanOptics 9000 Series Image Scanners
  • IBML Color Image Scanner

Image Scanning and Scoring
Image Processing Experience
  • Image scanning and scoring since 2000
  • Currently image scanning and scoring for our four
    largest clients
  • High volume capacity
  • Will scan more than 27 million sheets this year
  • Will score nearly 11 million items via image

Imaging Overview
Image Scanning and Scoring
  • Eliminates the extra handling of paper required
    for the packeting process, thus allowing a more
    efficient and accurate process for presenting
    items to scorers.
  • Reduces processing times and eliminates the time
    required to transport and distribute paper
    documents to scoring facilities.
  • Increases security. Test documents are received
    and retained in DRCs centralized processing
  • Improves document retrieval process. Images of
    student test documents can be quickly accessed
    and printed for research purposes.
  • Facilitates rescore requests through electronic
    document retrieval.

Web-Based Solutions
  • Online Enrollment
  • Online Practice Test
  • Report Interpretation Website for Parents
  • Student Precode System
  • Data Correction System
  • Query System
  • Web Reporting

Document Production - ScanDocs
Full Service Providers of Scannable Documents
  • Didde 860 and Didde Colortech Web Presses
  • Bourg and Duplo Collators MBO Folders

  • 20 3/4 x 22 inch, 6-color capability
  • Numbering, punch, perforations
  • 80 page booklet collation
  • Full finished packaging operation

  • Interleaf/Quicksilver, Quark, Adobe Photoshop,
    Adobe Acrobat and Micrografx Designer
  • Creo Image Setter
  • Automatic control system for color registration

Document Production - Laser Images
  • 4635 Xerox High Speed Laser Printers
  • 6060 Xerox Full Color Laser Printer

  • MICR Simplex or Duplex - single pass

  • Direct and Network Connected
  • Accepts multiple data formats (Postscript, PDF,
    Metacode, etc.)

Fully integrated mailing services
  • Selective intelligent inserting capabilities

Approach to Quality at DRC
  • A way of managing
  • Focus on defining and implementing critical
    quality control processes, procedures, and
    metrics on Project Delivery process
  • Focus on continuous improvement
  • Management audits of processes and corrective
    action system
  • Integration of ISO 9000 thinking (international
    quality standard) into the business

Quality Control Project Delivery Process
Software Development Quality Assurance
  • QA Staff certified by Quality Assurance Institute
  • Software Development approach being aligned with
    Software Engineering Institutes (SEI) Capability
    Maturity Model (CMM)
  • Five-phased approach to Software Quality
  • Project Initiation and Planning Phase
  • Project Design and Development Phase
  • Software Integration and Test Phase
  • Client Acceptance Phase
  • Product Implementation Phase

Client Benefits of Working with DRC
  • Provide full-service, customized solutions
  • Expert item development and psychometric services
  • Experienced and flexible project management
  • Industry leader in performance assessment
  • Full-service operations capabilities
  • State-of-the-art operations systems
  • Employ innovative technology solutions
  • Utilization of new/proven technologies
  • Understand clients needs and concerns
  • Experienced in transition

Quality control throughout all development and
implementation stages