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

  • "The Real World": Conducting Research Under Suboptimal Conditions

    Rebecca Poon, Cal Teach Program

    The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and other federal agencies have made the use of randomized controlled trials “a research priority” (Schneider, Carnoy, Kilpatrick, Schmidt, & Shavelson, 2007, p. 4) and, yet, to receive funding to carry out such research, applicants must often provide “prior empirical evidence” such as “prior evidence suggest(ing) that the intervention is likely to substantially improve student learning and achievement” (IES, 2006, pp. 7-8).

  • Assessing and Evaluating Teacher Preparation Programs

    Frank Worrell, Graduate School of Education

    Effective teaching has long been an issue of national concern, but in recent years, focus on the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs to produce high quality teachers has sharpened. These and other factors, such as longstanding achievement gaps and legislative calls for greater accountability, have resulted in the creation of new accreditation standards for teacher education programs.

  • How to Assess New Science Standards: Discovering a Progression in How Children Learn

    Linda Morrell (BEAR Center) & Tina Chiu (QME)

    Implementing assessment for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in a manner that meets the aspirations described in the Framework for K-12 standards is dependent on the availability of a set of assessment tasks that can capture the kinds of performance expectations articulated by the NGSS.

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