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Li Cai gets FABBS award

CRESST Director, Li Cai receives Early Career Impact Award

At a time when sciences are becoming increasingly specialized, Cai’s work on statistical methodology has led to advances in mental health, psychology, medicine, and a range of other areas.  Cai is the 2015 FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award winner from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology.


Read the article here.

2015 CRESST Conference

2015 CRESST/UCLA Conference

Thanks to all of the speakers and participants for making the CRESST 2015 Conference a huge success.  

Watch the Conference Presentations on our YouTube channel. We had 2 days of engaging discussion on how we can transform technology, games and assessment into vehicles for trustworthy academic achievement, for both students and adults.  Please join us in 2016 to continue the conversation.

CRESST at AERA and NCME 2015

CRESST Researchers Share at AERA/NCME

CRESST researchers, partners and graduate students presented at this year's annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council on Measurement in Education, in Chicago this April. CRESST researchers presented on a wide range of topics, including Common Core assessment, measurement and psychometrics, instructional technology, games for learning, teacher education and development, and magnet schools. 


CRESST Research on Flexible Psychometric Modeling Published in Psychometrika

This paper by Li Cai and Carl F. Falk is entitled: “Maximum marginal likelihood estimation of a monotonic polynomial generalized partial credit model with applications to multiple group analysis.” The paper demonstrates a flexible way of modeling the relationship between individuals' unobserved latent traits (or proficiencies) and their responses to observed test items. Such flexibility may be desirable when studying diverse populations (e.g., students who vary in their exposure to newly implemented curriculum) and in the context of multiple groups (e.g., multiple grade levels).

For more information, contact Carl Falk ( or Li Cai (

CRESST Helps Develop Colorado Assessment System Framework

CRESST has partnered with the Colorado Department of Education to develop a framework to support the understanding of the varied purposes and uses of assessment information that guide actionable educational decisions.  CRESST has also developed a video explaining the Colorado Assessment Framework. Access the video here



Executive STEM Summit

Dr. Julia Phelan on a panel (What Works? A look at the Evidence) at Executive STEM Summit: Learning in the Digital Age

Hosted by Scientific American and Macmillan Education, the Executive STEM Summit: Learning in the Digital Age brought together leaders from academia, public policy, and the private sector to discuss key issues in education. The focus of this year's program was The Science of Learning.

Dr. Julia Phelan discussed research and evidence on how students learn. In addition to discussing best practices in teaching and learning, she emphasized how assessments can be part of the learning process and how we can bring assessments and use of assessment data into the classroom in a meaningful way. For more of what Dr. Phelan and others had to say at the Summit see: "What will the future of education look like?" 

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CRESST's unique expertise makes it an ideal partner in military and medical simulation-based training and assessment. Our military and medical clients and partners include the: Office of Naval Research (ONR), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), Surface Warfare Officer's School Command (SWOS)... Read more »



Since its inception, CRESST has conducted research, development and evaluation that improves Pre-K–12 public education across the United States. Our innovative methods and indicators for evaluating educational quality are in broad use, including comprehensive approaches for monitoring and improving schools and their programs. Read more »

[Higher Ed]

Higher Education

Many CRESST projects overlap with the field of higher education, especially those that support teacher capacity building programs as well as adult learning. This area of our work will continue to grow as the need to measure postsecondary instructional quality and services expands. Read more »

[Adult Ed]

Adult Education

For more than 20 years, CRESST has conducted research and development supporting improvements in adult learning. Our current projects range from assessments and tools in military marksmanship to research-based guidelines for "what works" in distance learning. Read more »



During the past few years, CRESST has applied its evaluation, assessment, and instructional expertise to the field of medical research, development, and training. For example, we have recently assisted medical organizations in the design, development, analysis, and reporting of medical simulations while assisting other agencies in the evaluation of medical training interventions. Read more »

Learn more about what CRESST does. Watch our about video.