Implementation and Effects of LDC and MDC in Kentucky Districts


Kentucky has been a leader in the movement to more rigorous college and career ready standards to support their students’ success in the 21st century. The first state to adopt new college and career ready standards (CCRS), termed the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, Kentucky and many of its districts have moved proactively and strategically to meet the challenge of more rigorous expectations and to facilitate educators and students’ transition to the new demands. All students are to be on a trajectory to graduate high school, and should be prepared for college and career success. Basic skills have given way to goals for deeper learning, where students are expected to apply, reason with, communicate, and use their knowledge to solve complex problems.

This brief summarizes early evidence on the success of two tools Kentucky districts have used to support their teachers’ transition to these more demanding goals: Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Math Design Collaborative (MDC). LDC and MDC tools have been designed and implemented to embody the key shifts in teaching and learning that the new standards demand. By implementing the tools, teachers then engage in new pedagogy and address relevant learning goals of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards.

This study found that students gained 2.2 months of reading achievement compared to similar students in classrooms not using LDC. With Mathematics Design Collaborative tools, students gained 4.6 months of achievement.