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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  • Developing Career-Readiness Indicators: EAG

    Assessment, Methodology, Technology

    As part of an Enhanced Assessment Grant, in collaboration with the California Department of Education, this project is aimed at (1) directly supporting California’s current K-12 assessment initiatives; (2) producing information, tools, and methodologies that will inform the assessment work; and (3) developing career readiness indices for California high school assessments to improve career readiness […]

  • PBS Kids: Big Data for Little Kids

    Assessment, Data Use, Learning Design, 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 […]

  • Imbellus

    Assessment, 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 […]

  • Research Study of Literacy Design Collaborative

    Evaluation, Learning Design, Methodology

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Assessment Supporting Deeper Learning

    Assessment, Learning Design

    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 […]

  • Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI)

    Assessment, Learning Design

    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. […]


    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 […]

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

    Assessment, Evaluation, Learning Design

    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) […]

  • Wildwood STEM Institute Program Evaluation

    Evaluation, Learning Design

    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 […]

  • Evaluation of the STEM Teachers in Advanced Residency (STAR)

    Data Use, Evaluation, Methodology

    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. […]

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

    Data Use, Evaluation, Methodology

    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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