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 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.

  • Psychometric Challenges in Measuring Visual Working Memory Capacity

    Leah Feuerstahler, QME Postdoctoral Fellow

    In experimental psychology, a subject's performance on computerized cognitive tasks is often used to measure a latent trait such as working memory capacity. Responses to these tasks are influenced by a variety of factors such as the variable of interest (i.e., working memory capacity), attentional lapses, and random guessing behavior. In this talk, I describe my experiences with modeling response behavior on a specific cognitive task.

  • Behind the Scenes of the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE) in Israel

    Tzur Karelitz, National Institute for Testing and Evaluation

    This talk provides a broad overview of the various activities of a professional testing institute, NITE, where I have been working in the past 6 years. For more than 30 years, NITE has been responsible for the Psychometric Entrance Test (PET) to Israeli Universities, including its development, administration, scoring and reporting.

  • Measuring What Counts: Developing Scales of Connectedness, Empowerment, and Meaning in the Non-Cognitive Domain

    Brent Duckor, SJSU & Joshua Sussman, UC Berkeley

    Across the fields of K-12 and postsecondary education, there is an increasing focus on developing the whole person and thus the impact of non-cognitive psychological factors on promoting students’ abilities to learn, be successful, and contribute to the larger society in meaningful ways.

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