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

  • Applying for Competitive Fellowships at Pre-Doc/Dissertation/Post-Doc Levels

    Panel Discussion with Mark Wilson, Sophia Rabe-Hesketh, P. David Pearson, Andy Maul, Katherine Castellano, Alyssa Sayavedra

    Interested in applying for competitive fellowships? Come join our two-part panel discussion with GSE faculty who have participated on selection committees for nationally competitive awards. Hear firsthand what the selection processes are really like and what distinguishes winning proposals from the rest. Following the faculty panel, there will be a separate session where past awardees tell us how they went about preparing their applications and share tips from their experiences.

  • What Works in Boston May Not Work in Los Angeles: Understanding Site Differences and Generalizing Effects from One Site to Another

    Kara Rudolph, UC Berkeley & UC San Francisco

    Multi-site interventions are common in numerous fields of research, including education. One example is the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) study, an intervention in which families in public housing were randomized to receive housing vouchers and logistical support to move to low-poverty neighborhoods. This intervention took place in 5 sites across the U.S. and intervention effects varied by site.

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    Avi Feller, Goldman School of Public Policy

  • Conception and Measurement of Attitudes within the Campbell Paradigm: Environmental Attitude as the Example

    Florian G. Kaiser, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

    As with other areas of attitude research, studies of environmental attitude are plagued with an attitude-behavior gap and an escalating number of concepts and models meant to overcome this gap. Incompatible models and low proportions of explained behavioral variance are but a few of the consequences. This presentation introduces the Campbell paradigm, an alternative to the traditional understanding of attitudes and a novel theoretical account of individual behavior.

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