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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    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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    Wildwood STEM Institute Program Evaluation

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

    CRESST is carrying out an evaluation of Wildwood School’s STEM Institute. The Institute aims to give its students the opportunity to take responsibility for their learning, as collaborators and directors of the institute. It also allows them to investigate topics of personal interest through independent research projects under the guidance of Institute staff and with […]

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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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    Research Study of Literacy Design Collaborative

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

    CRESST is the independent external evaluator for LDC’s i3 validation grant, and is examining the implementation and impact of the LDC intervention on the New York City Department of Education and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The study will be a comprehensive mixed-methods evaluation to understand the impact of LDC on student learning using […]

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    Evaluation of Magnet Schools Assistance Program

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

    While magnet school initiatives have garnered support across the country, many questions remain regarding student achievement within these programs in relation to “conventional” public schools. The goal of this rigorous evaluation was to measure the Magnet Schools Assistance Program’s (MSAP) impact on student achievement, using a statistically rigorous, high-quality quasi-experimental design. We worked with magnet […]

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    Evaluation of Inspiring Minds Through a Professional Alliance of Community Teachers (IMPACT)

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

    We have been engaged in the evaluation of the UCLA IMPACT program—funded under the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Grant Program—in the previous cycle (between 2009 and 2014) and in the current cycle starting in 2014. The evaluation uses a comprehensive, multiple-measures approach, which includes instructional artifacts, classroom logs, measures of pedagogical content knowledge, performance assessments, […]

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    Evaluation of the STEM Teachers in Advanced Residency (STAR)

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

    We recently started our evaluation work of the STEM Teachers in Advanced Residency (STAR) program, funded under the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) Grant Program. The evaluation uses surveys, interviews, and analysis of existing data to examine the impact—over a defined period of time—of the STAR program on program participants, their mentors, and their K-12 students. […]

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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 […]