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.

Learn More

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.

More About Our Software

Recent Publications

View All Publications

News & Events

  • Idiographic Dynamics: Measurement & Analysis at the Individual Level

    Aaron Fisher, UC Berkeley, Department of Psychology

    Whereas the standard approaches to assessing psychological constructs are often meant to reflect time-varying processes and phenomena (such as learning, self-regulation, etc.), they rely heavily (if not exclusively) on cross-sectional methods. In the case of psychopathology, for instance, the diagnosis of major depressive disorder requires presenting symptoms over a 2-week period, while generalized anxiety disorder requires the presence of worry and accompanying symptoms over 6 months.

  • Optimally Combining Outcomes to Improve Prediction

    David Benkeser, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health

    In many studies, multiple instruments are used to measure various facets of an outcome of interest. For example, in studies of childhood development, researchers measure neurocognitive ability of a child using tests that measure development in several different areas (e.g., language, math, logic).

  • Introduction to BASS & crasch

    Amy Arneson & Rebecca Freund, QME Program, UC Berkeley

    This seminar will introduce the BEAR Center’s assessment system software and an R package on construct modelling approach using Rasch models.

  • 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.

    More News & Events