|Title:||Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)|
|Principal Investigator:||Baker, Eva||Awardee:||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Program:||National Research and Development Centers [Program Details]|
|Award Period:||5 years||Award Amount:||$9,968,718|
|Goal:||Multiple Goals||Award Number:||R305A050004|
Topic: Assessment, Standards, and Accountability
Purpose: The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) has been at the forefront of efforts to improve the quality of education and learning in America. Located within UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, CRESST contributes to the development of scientifically based evaluation and testing techniques, encourages the development, validation and use of sound data for improved accountability and decision making, and explores technological applications to improve assessment and evaluation practice.
Assessment of POWERSOURCE
In a randomized study involving 80 schools, Center researchers are examining the impact of POWERSOURCE on student learning. Within schools, all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade mathematics teachers are participating. A cohort of sixth grade students is being followed from the beginning of sixth grade through the end of their eighth grade year. The impact of POWERSOURCE on student learning will be compared with that of schools' standard instruction and test preparation conditions. Participating schools are in Pennsylvania and Hawaii.
Assessment of English Language Learning Students: Review of Literature
To provide guidelines for the appropriate development and use of English language learning assessments, the Center is undertaking a review of the relevant research literature. This literature review: (a) examines issues related to the overall validity and reliability of the instruments; (b) reports the latest research findings, focusing on the construct validity of the assessments; and (c) reviews issues in the assessment of content knowledge.
Providing Support to States to Improve the Assessment of English Language Learners: Test Validity, Designation, and Test Accommodation Use
In partnership with three to four collaborating states, the Center is analyzing available data and existing documents in order to: (a) understand the nature and validity of states' current English language learner assessment practices, (b) prioritize needs, and (c) provide preliminary recommendations for improving the validity of their assessments and decision making. In addition, the Center is conducting targeted, experimental studies in two states in order to provide scientifically based evidence on which to base decisions about English language learner assessment practices and policies. By the end of the project, the Center will develop, revise, and disseminate specific guidelines that states may use to guide their English language learner assessment policy and practice decisions. In addition, the Center will make available a usable, generalized methodology and tools for examining critical assessment validity issues as they emerge.
Key Personnel: Eva Baker, Joan Herman, Robert Linn.
Center Website: http://www.cse.ucla.edu/
IES Program Contact: Dr. Phill Gagne
Baker, E.L. (2009). The Influence of Learning Research on the Design and Use of Assessment. In K.A. Ericsson (Ed.), Development of Professional Expertise: Toward Measurement of Expert Performance and Design of Optimal Learning Environments (pp. 333–355). New York: Cambridge University Press.
Baker, E.L., Chung, G.K.W.K., and Delacruz, G.C. (2008). Design and Validation of Technology-Based Performance Assessments. In J.M. Spector, M.D. Merrill, J.J.G. Van Merrinboer, and M.P. Driscoll (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (3rd ed., pp. 595–604). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Baker, E.L., Niemi, D., and Chung, G.K.W.K. (2008). Simulations and the Transfer of Problem Solving Knowledge and Skills. In E.L. Baker, J. Dickieson, W. Wulfeck, and H.F. O'Neil (Eds.), Assessment Of Problem Solving Using Simulations(pp. 1–17). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Chung, G.K.W.K., Baker, E.L., Delacruz, G.C., Bewley, W.L., Elmore, J., and Seely, B. (2008). A Computational Approach to Authoring Problem-Solving Assessments. In E.L. Baker, J. Dickieson, W. Wulfeck, and H.F. O'Neil (Eds.), Assessment of Problem Solving Using Simulations (pp. 289–307). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Chung, G.K.W.K., O'Neil, H.F., Bewley, W.L., and Baker, E.L. (2008). Computer-Based Assessments to Support Distance Learning. In E. Klieme, J. Hartig, and A. Jurecka (Eds.), Assessment of Competencies in Educational Contexts(pp. 253–276). Göttingen, Germany: Hogrefe and Huber.
Journal article, monograph, or newsletter
Heritage, M., Kim, J., Vendlinski, T., and Herman, J. (2009). From Evidence to Action: A Seamless Process in Formative Assessment?. Educational Measurement, 28(3): 24–31.
Wolf, M.K., Farnsworth, T., and Herman, J.L. (2008). Validity Issues in Assessing English Language Learners' Language Proficiency. Educational Assessment, 13(2): 80–107.
Nongovernment report, issue brief, or practice guide
Herman, J.L. (2007). Accountability and Assessment: Is Public Interest in K‐12 Education Being Served?.Los Angeles, CA: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.
Ruiz-Primo, M.A., Li, M., Tsai, S., and Schneider, J. (2008). Testing One Premise of Scientific Inquiry in Science Classrooms: A Study That Examines Students' Scientific Explanations.Los Angeles: University of California.
Vendlinski, T.P., Baker, E.L., and Niemi, D. (2008). Templates and Objects in Authoring Problem-Solving Assessments.Los Angeles: University of California.
Vendlinski, T.P., Howard, K.E., Hemberg, B.C., Vinyard, L., Martel, A., Kyriacou, E., Casper, J., Chai, Y., Phelan, J.C., and Baker, E.L. (2008). Using Data and Big Ideas: Teaching Distribution as an Instance of Repeated Addition.Los Angeles: University of California.
Wolf, M.K., Herman, J.L., Kim, J., Abedi, J., Leon, S., Griffin, N., Bachman, P.L., Chang, S.M., Farnsworth, T., Jung, H., Nollner, J., and Shin, H.W. (2008). Providing Validity Evidence to Improve the Assessment of English Language Learners.Los Angeles: University of California, CRESST.
Wolf, M.K., Kao, J., Griffin, N., Herman, J.L., Bachman, P.L., Chang, S.M., and Farnsworth, T. (2008). Issues in Assessing English Language Learners: English Language Proficiency Measures and Accommodation Uses—Practice Review.Los Angeles: University of California, CRESST.
Wolf, M.K., Kao, J., Herman, J.L., Bachman, L.F., Bailey, A.L., Bachman, P.L., Farnsworth, T., and Chang, S.M. (2008). Issues in Assessing English Language Learners: English Language Proficiency Measures and Accommodation Uses—Literature Review.Los Angeles: University of California, CRESST.
Encarnacao, A., Espinosa, P.D., Au, L., Chung, G.K.W.K., Johnson, L., and Kaiser, W.J. (2008). Individualized, Interactive Instruction (3I): An Online Formative Assessment and Instructional Tool. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Engineering Education (Session AC 2007–1524) (pp. 1–17). Honolulu, HI: American Society for Engineering Education.
Phelan, J., Kang, T., Niemi, D.N., Vendlinski, T., and Choi, K. (2009). Some Aspects of the Technical Quality of Formative Assessments in Middle School Mathematics (CRESST 750). Los Angeles, CA: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing Working Paper.