Berkeley Assessment System Software (BASS)
BASS builds on the BEAR Center's previous research in the design of assessment tasks and measurement techniques to support evidence-based assessment in the classroom. More specifically, BASS is the product of a decade of work by the BEAR Center team on a variety of software applications, including its direct precursor, FADS.
- David Torres Irribarra
- Rebecca Freund
- Ana Maria Albornoz Reitze
- Mike Kendall
With the goal of helping teachers improve their instructional practices and enhancing student learning, BASS is a computerized system designed to allow classroom teachers to design, develop, and deliver formative assessments and to monitor and report student progress within an interpretive context. This online accessible system allows teachers to easily manage all kinds of assessment, including in-class activities, homework assignments, end-of-unit tests, and more. BASS is designed to give teachers flexibility in designing and assigning activities for students, simplify the scoring process, and provide them with useful reports to share with students and parents and to use in planning instruction.
A key feature of this project is the centrality of teacher expertise. We collaborate extensively with teachers to learn how technology can make a difference in the classroom.