About BEAR

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.

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Our Software

In addition to our research in psychometrics, the BEAR Center is dedicated to the development of software that can facilitate the delivery and analysis of assessments, providing teachers with innovative and useful ways to assess students.

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News & Events

  • Bayesian network analysis of contingencies in learning progressions

    Jinnie Choi, Rutgers University

    This presentation is motivated by the recent application of Bayesian networks (BN; Pearl, 1988) in learning progression (LP) research (West et al., 2010). I will focus on the use of BNs as a tool to address a challenge to measure how students develop understanding of multiple constructs in relation to each other. I will introduce an example from the LP research in the domain of genetics.

  • The Chilean Teacher Labor Market

    Rosario Rivero, Catholic University of Chile

    Education reformers have recognized the key role of teachers in classrooms, implementing a variety of policies to improve the quality of teaching. Chile is no exception. In recent years, policymakers have shown a growing attention to strategies for enhancing teacher quality in public schools. However, educational efforts will do little unless high quality teachers are willing and committed to work in the public school system.

  • Validating the PACT for its intended uses: A multi-dimensional item response model study of a teacher licensure exam

    Brent Duckor, SJSU & Kip Téllez, UCSC

    Examining a large sample of teacher candidate responses (n=1711), we found a sufficient degree of internal structure validity evidence to support the intended, continued use of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (2008) instrument to measure teacher candidates’ skills and proficiencies with professional standards in teaching (CCTC, 2012).

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