The People of CRESST
CRESST conducts research that improves assessment, evaluation, technology, and learning.
Julia Phelan, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist with extensive experience and expertise in the design and management of large-scale projects focused on K-16 educational assessment and standards, incorporating a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and coordinating with multiple stakeholders.
Dr. Phelan’s experience also includes curriculum development in math and science with a focus on developing materials based on deep understanding of big ideas across the curriculum. Her recent work has integrated the Common Core State Standards in both math and literacy into multiple types of assessment format and strategies, including performance-based assessments, multiple choice assessments, and formative tasks. Other research interests include evaluating the efficacy of adaptive quizzing for improving student learning, the development and incorporation of formative assessment practices in curriculum design, and approaches for characterizing the validity and reliability of assessment-based judgments.