Content Development

We are experts in the development of test items, passages, and instructional content and deliver cutting-edge customized assessments for both state clients and industry partners. The Pacific Metrics Content Development Group consists of experienced specialists in mathematics, reading and language arts, science, and social studies. These professionals provide a full range of content development services and can effectively respond to fast-turnaround requests, project specification uncertainties, and demands for outsourced management and tracking requirements.

Using our customized content development system, our services include a number of features that streamline development and reduce the risk of error. Editors and content specialists can review items in print views that resemble how multiple-choice items will appear in the online environment and how the constructed-response items will appear on printed tests that teachers will prepare. The system also ensures version control by allowing for only one user to edit an item at a time. The software tracks versions of each item as it progresses through the workflow so every version of an item is recorded and can be reviewed at any time. The system is robust and flexible enough to easily permit changes at any stage of development.

We offer the following professional content development services:

Test Item Development

Creation of well-informed test items in mathematics, English language arts, science, and social studies, with expertise at all grade levels

Publishing of all common item formats, including multiple-choice, short-answer, extended-response, writing prompt, and more

Expertise creating innovative item formats (e.g., interactive and animated) to suit clients’ special needs

Professional writing, copy editing, and art creation services

Passage Development

Creation of passages for K–12 assessments

Facilitation of working relationships with the assessment industry’s top passage authors

Support services for all grade levels and genres

Expertise in the application of major readability guides, such as EDL Core Vocabularies, The Living Word, and the Flesch-Kincaid Index

Alignment Work

Working knowledge of standards in states across the country

Matching content across state frameworks

Independent analysis of alignment to agency clients or industry partners

Workshop Leadership

Content for item-writing workshops, rangefinding, and standard-setting meetings

Production of workshops that feature our experienced, client-ready content specialists

Support Materials

Development of high-quality training materials, such as user guides customized for each client based on their specific system

Translation Services

Skilled English/Spanish translation services

Fully bilingual art and production services

Consulting Services

Senior staff advisement services on blueprint design, workflow streamlining, staff training, and much more

Special Project Services

Competent production of workbooks, study guides, and other special projects

We employ 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment certified trainers. For more information about the 6+1 Trait® Writing Model please visit Education Northwest.