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.
The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) is the assessment required for all children in all state-funded early care and education programs in California. DRDP assesses the key domains of development for children from early infancy through kindergarten. Beginning in 2001, the BEAR Center researchers have designed and implemented valid and reliable measurement of development in early childhood, and created the DRDPtech assessment software system for teachers.
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 ramifications of testing in the classroom, with a view to maximizing the benefits and minimizing possible drawbacks of current educational testing applications.
Selected presentations by BEAR Center researchers:
The videos of all the workshops is available here. Professor Luca Mari will conduct four workshops between Wednesday, November 20 and Friday, November 22. ...
The videos from Luca Mari's seminar and workshops are now available online.
Alina Von Davier, Educational Testing Service
In this presentation, I'll give an overview of the Research Division at ETS, its mission, its structure, and its current research projects. In the second part of the presentation, I'll talk about the next generation assessments and the work undergoing in the Center for Advanced Pyschometrics at ETS. I'll also talk about the changes in the field of psychometrics as I see them and their implications for students and job applicants.