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.
DRDP(2015) suite of assessments are now available for early implementation! The DRDP(2015) assessments are authentic observational assessment tools used throughout California to support the development for children from early infancy through kindergarten. For over 15 years, BEAR Center researchers collaboratively refined the tool to ensure that it is a valid and reliable measurement of development in early childhood. BEAR Center is responsible for the DRDPtech technology system.
The BEAR Center is collaborating with a team of mathematics education content experts at Arizona State University led by Pat Thompson on this NSF-funded project. The goal of Project Aspire is to develop an instrument that assesses secondary mathematics teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching secondary mathematics.
The ADM project aims to develop an assessment system to evaluate elementary and middle school students’ skills and understanding related to data modeling and statistical reasoning.
- This issue is explores the methodological disagreement concerning causal indicators, discussing wether they are inherently sensitive to interpretational confounding or not.
Selected presentations by BEAR Center researchers:
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.
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).
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 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.