How does EdGate correlate publisher’s content to standards and what sets EdGate’s correlation process apart from other methodologies?
- EdGate has a proprietary taxonomy which is subject-specific.
- EdGate’s taxonomic list of educational concepts and skills represents the concepts exhibited in the educational standards.
- This taxonomy is applied by the EdGate’s subject matter experts to not only the educational standards, but also the content.
- It’s the application of these concepts that creates the alignments of content to standards.
- EdGate has utilized this methodology for two decades and has applied the concepts to the millions of standards in the repository.
- Therefore, when EdGate aligns a client’s content to the educational standards with its proprietary taxonomy, the content aligns to all standards in the repository that have the matching concepts in the same grade.
- A carryover benefit of EdGate’s correlation methodology is that content does not have to be realigned when new standards are implemented. The concepts associated with content will create alignments to newly implemented standards as they are added to the repository.
What other methodologies are used by companies for correlations?
Some companies employ a natural language search, however a drawback to this type of correlation is that concepts can be out of context. For example, the phrase “planet biomes” in a natural language search suggests standards about not only biomes but also the solar system.
Other methodologies use an uber set of standards where the company maps all content to a single set of standards and maps alignments from there. However, there are so many exceptions in this approach that the quality of the correlation is poor.
Many companies take a manual approach to the correlation, where they align content to standards state by state, standard by standard. This approach works well if correlations are only needed for a single state. This approach is time intensive and expensive, and moreover, it has to be repeated each time new standards are adopted.