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.

  • 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, 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 […]

  • Imbellus

    Assessment, 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 […]

  • Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI)

    Assessment, Methodology, Technology

    CRESST partners with WestEd on the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI), a part of the federal Comprehensive Center network. CSAI  provides research-based technical assistance and support to 15 Regional Comprehensive Centers and to the states and districts that they serve to improve policy and practice on issues of standards, assessment, and accountability. At CRESST, the work focuses […]

  • Assessment Supporting Deeper Learning

    Assessment, 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 have developed 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 […]

  • Mobilize: Everyday Data Collection

    Assessment, Methodology, Technology

    Project Mobilize, a National Science Foundation Math Science Partnership (NSF MSP) grantee, engages students in statistical investigations that promote computational thinking practices while drawing upon real-world data. Hundreds of teachers and thousands of high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have participated in Mobilize since its inception in 2010. Over the […]

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

    Assessment, 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) […]


    Assessment, 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 […]