Education

We conduct comprehensive research, development, and evaluation that enhances Pre-K-16 education globally. You’ll find our innovative methods and indicators for evaluating educational quality in broad use, including comprehensive approaches for monitoring and improving schools and their programs.

Our researchers are also making important contributions to the development of next-generation K-12 assessments that measure college and career readiness. Additionally, our work in higher education supports teacher capacity-building programs, as well as adult learning. And we develop models, methods and statistical software that address measurement error issues – bolstering the validity of inferences and the statistical power of educational assessment and evaluation studies industry-wide.

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    ENGAGE

    Assessment, Data Use, Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology, Technology

    CRESST has been conducting work for the ENGAGE Program, focused on developing STEM skills and understanding for primary-aged learners. CRESST’s responsibilities have been to provide educational assistance in the field of force and motion (physics) for an external game developer, and to evaluate the quality of the game. In addition, CRESST developed—with its partner SimInsights—a […]

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    Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI)

    Assessment, Data Use, Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology, Technology

    CRESST is a partner in CSAI (Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation), where we help build and increase state capacity to assist districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals. We bring our expertise to CSAI in curriculum, instruction, and standards with a focus on formative assessment to support classroom teachers in implementing new standards. […]

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    Assessment Supporting Deeper Learning

    Assessment, Data Use, Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology, Technology

    With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CRESST has monitored Smarter Balanced and PARCC test development processes relative to deeper learning goals. We are developing a series of middle school social studies/history, science, and math units that integrate content with deeper learning goals. The units provide college and career ready-aligned resources for teachers […]

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    Mobilize

    Assessment, Data Use, Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology, Technology

    CRESST is serving as an external evaluator for an NSF study in partnership with LAUSD. Our primary role has been to document the evolution of Mobilize curricula, their implementation, teachers’ learning in computational and statistical thinking practices, and growth in using inquiry-based strategies. In addition, the team has examined students’ learning and STEM attitudes through […]

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    English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)

    Assessment, Data Use, Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology, Technology

    ELPA21 is a consortium of states that has developed a new system of standards-based, K-12 assessments of English Language Proficiency. ELPA21 assessments are used in the initial identification of English Learners and in monitoring their progress over time. The recent adoption of new college- and career-readiness standards (in Math and English Language Arts, for example) […]

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    Smarter Balanced: Fairness and Accessibility Evaluation

    Assessment, Data Use, Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology, Technology

    CRESST will be evaluating the fairness and accessibility of the Smarter Balanced summative assessment computer adaptive test items for the 2015-2016 administration, ensuring Title I compliance. The evaluation will include documentation of how fairness and accessibility were evaluated during the entire design and development process, as well as the actual administration of the test for […]

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    Smarter Balanced: Implementation Readiness Package (IRP)

    Assessment, Data Use, Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology, Technology

    States that utilize Smarter Balanced assessments for their testing hold the responsibility of selecting and deploying a Test Delivery System to administer and deliver the assessments to their students. Any such system that is chosen should be verified that it can (a) deliver assessment items with authenticity, (b) score items and tests properly, and (c) […]

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    Smarter Balanced: Individual Student Accessibility and Accommodations Profile (ISAAP) Web-based Tool

    Assessment, Data Use, Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology, Technology

    The new web-based ISAAP tool developed by CRESST is designed to facilitate selection of the Designated Supports and Accommodations that match student access needs for the Smarter Balanced assessments, as supported by the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wpcontent/uploads/2014/08/SmarterBalanced_Guidelines.pdf). The ISAAP tool should be used in conjunction with the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility […]

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    Smarter Balanced: Accessible Rendered Item (ARI) Format Specification

    Assessment, Data Use, Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology, Technology

    Working with and building on prior work from Smarter Balanced, the Accessible Rendered Item (ARI) format is a new concept for describing computer-administered assessment items. The concept is to provide a standardized mechanism to transform items from their native authoring formats or exchange formats (e.g., IMS QTI, SmarterApp Assessment Item Format) into a common HTML […]

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    PBS Kids: Big Data for Little Kids

    Assessment, Data Use, Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology, Technology

    For the past four years, CRESST has collaborated with PBS KIDS on their Ready To Learn (RTL) program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, this program leverages content on television, the Internet and other media to help millions of young children—particularly those living in poverty—learn the basic reading, math, and science skills needed for […]

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    Imbellus

    Assessment, Data Use, Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology, Technology

    Imbellus is a venture-backed startup that develops new ways to measure human potential to help our nation better prepare for the future of work. CRESST is providing expertise on the psychometric framework and scoring methodologies to be used in Imbellus’ initial products. This process will include tasks like understanding data to inform rubric design and translating […]