Mission & Initiatives

“CRESST conducts research focused on assessment, evaluation, methodology, and technology to improve learning and outcomes.”
Li Cai | Director

Mission & Initiatives

Advancing assessment, evaluation, and technology worldwide.

Located in the heart of social, technological, and educational change at UCLA, CRESST strives to raise student learning to the highest international levels. In an increasingly digitally connected age, our work empowers teachers, impacts students, and improves institutions through the creation of dynamic models and tools, as well as a powerful knowledge base. It’s a deep commitment to quality education—at all levels.

At CRESST, we are leading the discussion in assessment design, implementation, scoring, and evidence of high-quality measures and their constructive applications to students of various backgrounds—across diverse educational settings. Our expertise also extends to innovative programs that shape and define technological architectures for assessment and learning. In addition, we are well-versed in performance assessment at scale, and we are driving the next generation of psychometric, statistical, and computational models and approaches for improved evidence-based inferences.

While our audiences and opportunities continue to expand, we remain dedicated to our mission: delivering high-quality research, assessment development, and measurement innovation that informs teaching and learning around the world.

Advancing how the world learns

We are UCLA CRESST, a world-renowned research and development center at the forefront of improving the quality of learning. For half a century, our sole focus has been on advancing the field of education through rigorous assessment and evaluation. By combining the latest in technology and methodologies with a global reach, we’ve been delivering innovative results for the past 50 years—and counting.