The Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center designs and delivers educational assessment instruments, performs research in assessment and psychometrics, and trains graduate students in these areas.
We collaborate with researchers in universities across the United States and abroad to develop software and other resources for constructing, managing, administering, and analyzing assessments.
DRDP(2015) suite of assessments are now available for early implementation! The DRDP(2015) assessments are authentic observational assessment tools used throughout California to support the development for children from early infancy through kindergarten. For over 15 years, BEAR Center researchers collaboratively refined the tool to ensure that it is a valid and reliable measurement of development in early childhood. BEAR Center is responsible for the DRDPtech technology system.
The BEAR Center is collaborating with a team of mathematics education content experts at Arizona State University led by Pat Thompson on this NSF-funded project. The goal of Project Aspire is to develop an instrument that assesses secondary mathematics teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching secondary mathematics.
The ADM project aims to develop an assessment system to evaluate elementary and middle school students’ skills and understanding related to data modeling and statistical reasoning.
- This issue is explores the methodological disagreement concerning causal indicators, discussing wether they are inherently sensitive to interpretational confounding or not.
Selected presentations by BEAR Center researchers:
Mark Wilson, UC Berkeley
This talk will survey the last 25 years of work at the BEAR Center on the BEAR Assessment System (BAS). It will begin by noting the initial motivations for developing this approach to measurement/assessment, focusing on the question of what are the measurement demands in the context of formative classroom assessments. This will be followed by a brief description of the BAS, accompanied by discussion of how it reflects a response to this question.
John Aubrey Douglass & Gregg Thomson, Center for Studies in Higher Education
What are the advantages for a student to enroll in a major research-intensive university?
Finnish Education: Not a Miracle, but a Well-Planned System Rooted in Trust, Highly Educated Teachers, and Pedagogical Autonomy
Toni Saarivirta, Institute for Advanced Social Research