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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    QME Faculty & Students

  • Using Mixture and Rating Scale Models to Investigate Response Profiles

    Perman Gochyyev, BEAR Center

    The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate a new methodology for identifying different sub-populations of respondents in surveys using a finite mixture approach based on polytomous Rasch modeling. The proposed model aims to identify sets of respondent profiles that differ in their response tendencies. For instance, the model could be used to discover latent classes consisting of respondents either avoiding or preferring extreme categories.

  • Understanding the Role of Quantitative Methods in a Culturally Competent Approach to Evaluation

    Laura Pryor, Social Policy Research Associates

    Prior research has discussed the need for an inquiry into if and how quantitative methods can help evaluators better respond to and engage with culture (Chouinard and Cousins, 2009). Part One addresses this topic through illustrating findings from a review and synthesis conducted across 110 evaluation cases demonstrating culturally competent approaches. Findings discuss the predominant purposes and challenges with integrating quantitative methods with culturally competent approaches.

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