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:
Finnish Education: Not a Miracle, but a Well-Planned System Rooted in Trust, Highly Educated Teachers, and Pedagogical Autonomy
Toni Saarivirta, Regional State Administrative Agency, Finland
The Finnish schooling system has gained a worldwide reputation ever since the PISA tests started to provide comparative data on student achievements in the OECD countries. Finland achieved top positions in the rankings, and suddenly the country witnessed remarkable global interest in its education system. Although Finland’s position in recent PISAs has declined, the Finnish schooling system still stands out in studies analyzing well-performing schooling systems.
QME Faculty & Students