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

  • TBA

    Yukie Toyama

  • Developing a Novel Learning Progression in Elementary Science Based on Structured Interview Data

    Amy Cardace, Cornell University

    Abstract In this presentation, I will share results from a BEAR Center science education project in two public elementary schools in Northern California. During this collaborative project, we analyzed structured interview data to validate a complex learning progression theory . We utilized a construct-centered approach and item response models to show how best practices in educational measurement could support the interpretation of structured interview data.

  • Coordinated Reasoning and the “Written Response Effect”

    Michael Creane, UC Berkeley


  • The new DRDP(2015) - Released for Early Implementation!

    The BEAR Center has concluded both pilot and field testing of the updated DRDP instruments! Through the state's management bulletin, the California Department of Education's Early Education & Support Division invited all EESD-funded programs to participate in the early implementation of the Desired Results Developmental Profile 2015 (DRDP(2015)). The suite of developmental observational assessments are valid and reliable for use with all children from early infancy to kindergarten entry.

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