Erin Buchanan, M.A.

Erin Buchanan, M.A., is a Senior Associate with edCount, LLC. Ms. Buchanan contributes to edCount’s organizational objectives through intellectual engagement, technical expertise, and management of staff and company resources. Her responsibilities include managing projects and managing the work of junior staff; planning and implementing methods, techniques, and skills to complete projects in a timely and cost-efficient manner; preparing high-quality reports and other outputs; and developing corporate knowledge and knowledge of individual program areas and projects.

Ms. Buchanan brings with her over a decade of experience with education in assessment, development, and instruction. Currently, Ms. Buchanan plays a key role in the design and development of assessment evaluation projects with edCount. Recently, she facilitated an alignment review and analysis of the Mississippi Subject Area Testing Program (MSATP) for Algebra I and English II as well as for the New York State Assessment System in English language arts (ELA) at grades 3-8. Ms. Buchanan also worked on the alignment evaluation of the Georgia Milestones Assessments in ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies where she facilitated expert panels, analyzed data to support the evaluation of the assessment design and development process, and created final reports.

In recent years, she served as both facilitator and participant on item review and focus group panels for general and alternate assessments in English language arts at grades 3-8 and high school. These assessments include the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students (PAWS) and Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students – Alternate (PAWS-Alt), the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) assessment, the New York State Assessments, and the Georgia Milestones Assessments. She has also led or directly supported the development of several of these large-scale assessment projects in English language arts at grades 3-8 and high school, including PAWS, FCAT, PARCC, and the New York State Assessments. She has extensive experience developing and reviewing item specifications, stimuli, items, art, rubrics, annotated scoring sets, and training materials, and has constructed operational, embedded field test, and stand-alone field test forms.

Ms. Buchanan also has extensive experience developing curricula and performance task assessments using a backward design approach. In recent years, she led the development of a technology-enhanced curriculum and assessment package for grade 1 in English language arts for the K-12 Open Education Resources (OER) Collaborative, a consortium of 13 states aimed at creating comprehensive, high-quality, open educational resources for teachers and students in English language arts and mathematics. She also managed the development of standards, curricula, and performance task assessments to support technical assistance for the Puerto Rico Department of Education. For both of these projects, Ms. Buchanan created and monitored timelines, development processes and workflows, and consultant contracts. She developed and facilitated full-day, web-based training sessions on a variety of topics including Understanding by Design, research-based literacy practices, the key shifts in the CCSS, text complexity considerations, learning progressions, differentiation, etc. She served as senior reviewer of all curriculum and assessment materials.

Prior to joining edCount, Ms. Buchanan served as ELA Content Lead for Pearson for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment, coordinating and managing item and passage development at the elementary and middle school levels. Prior to her work with Pearson, Ms. Buchanan worked as a Language Arts Content Specialist in the Standards and Assessment Division for the Wyoming Department of Education, coordinating item and rubric development for the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students in English language arts, and planning and facilitating statewide professional development workshops for teachers. She also served as a member of the Wyoming Standards Revision Steering Committee, and facilitated the revision of the Wyoming English Language Arts Content and Performance Standards. 

Ms. Buchanan has four years of elementary school teaching experience in Michigan Public Schools, where she developed and delivered curriculum, served on the Language Arts District Curriculum Mapping Committee, and was awarded a technology mini-grant for her use of the SMART Board in classrooms. Ms. Buchanan has attended extensive professional development in the areas of instruction and assessment, and earned her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and her B.A. in Elementary Education from Michigan State University.