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Questar Assessment to Develop and Administer
the District of Columbia’s Field Test for Middle School Social Studies


Location: Apple Valley, MN

Date: December 17, 2014

The District of Columbia Public Schools’ Office of Teaching and Learning has chosen Questar Assessment Inc. to develop assessment items to be administered online for social studies assessment for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. The company will be developing new items and test forms that will measure student mastery of required D.C. Social Studies Content Standards, Common Core standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, as well as the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards.

Questar Assessment, along with our subcontractor, Strategic Measurement and Evaluation Inc., will construct field test forms, perform psychometric services and oversee the creation of operational pre-test and post-test assessments for each grade.

“The purpose of this engagement is to expand the assessment of student growth in content areas not currently assessed by the Common Core,” said Jamie Post Candee, President and Chief Executive Officer of Questar Assessment, Inc. “Because the funding for this initiative came from a Race to the Top grant awarded to the District of Columbia Public Schools and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, we participated in a very competitive selection process. We are honored for the opportunity to do more work with the District of Columbia and look forward to a successful field test in Spring 2015.”

In the past five years, Questar Assessment has provided services related to summative, alternate and English Language proficiency exams to 33 states and the District of Columbia. Questar Assessment is responsible for test administrations of millions of students annually.

About Questar Assessment, Inc.

Questar Assessment Inc. is a leading educational assessment provider for states, schools and school districts. Headquartered in Minnesota, Questar offers comprehensive custom assessment services — from large-scale statewide assessment programs to alternate, modified and English language proficiency assessments. Questar provides complete, end-to-end services designed to address all aspects of assessment: from test design, development, calibration and psychometric services to print production, distribution, scanning, scoring, reporting and data analysis. Questar also offers customized online testing services to schools and educational entities in the K-12 market. For more information, visit or call 800-800-2598.