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2015 CRESST Conference

2015 CRESST/UCLA Conference

Increasingly, technology has become deeply, if not totally embedded in each of our lives. You are most likely reading this text on a computer or mobile device, with at least one other high-tech gizmo sitting nearby that probably didn't even exist five years ago. But while this year's common core assessments, if not all assessments, are transitioning into computer-based assessments, we have yet to truly transform technology, games and assessment into vehicles for trustworthy academic achievement, for both students and adults. We believe we can help.  For more information and registration, click here

CRESST at AERA and NCME 2015

CRESST Researchers to Share at AERA/NCME

CRESST researchers, partners and graduate students will once again have a strong presence at this year's annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council on Measurement in Education, taking place in Chicago from April 15 - 21, 2015. CRESST researchers will be presenting 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. 
A detailed list of CRESST related events is available here 

CRESST Research on Flexible Psychometric Modeling Published in Noted Journal

A paper by Carl F. Falk and Li Cai was recently accepted for publication in Psychometrika and 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 (

Policy Brief 13

CRESST Policy Brief #13 Now Available

This report provides early evidence on the success of two tools Kentucky districts have used to support their teachers’ transition to new college and career ready standards (CCRS): Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Math Design Collaborative (MDC). The LDC and MDC tools have been designed and implemented to embody the key shifts in teaching and learning that the new standards demand. The brief provides background on the two tools and our evaluation methodology, shares findings for each intervention and concludes with study implications. 

Access the Policy Brief here

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 draft Assessment Framework here

Access the video here



Serious Play Conference 2014

CRESST Senior Research Scientists, Girlie Delacruz and Ayesha Madni Conduct Workshop at 2014 Serious Play Conference

Drs. Girlie Delacruz and Ayesha Madni conducted a workshop for designers, developers, and users of educational games who were interested in integrating assessment and measurement into their design process. They described the approach used at CRESST which follows an engineering process to assessment design and development, putting primary emphasis on front-end analysis to generate the specificity and precision about the outcomes of interest to generate the assessment architecture.

Download the presentation here

Serious Play Conference 2014

Girlie Delacruz Presents Her Work at the 2014 Serious Play Conference

CRESST Senior Research Scientist, Girlie Delacruz, presented her work on validating patterns of gameplay via cluster analysis at the 2014 Serious Play Conference, held at the University of Southern California. The Serious Play conference brings speakers from all parts of the globe to share their expertise and experience creating and using games for education. Dr. Girlie Delacruz’s talk discussed the analysis of log data generated by an educational physics video game, Go Vector Go, as an example of how game levels can be designed to target and provide diagnostic information about specific learning objectives. Cluster analysis was used to generate gameplay patterns. 

Download the presentation here

Global 3D Tech Forum

Gregory Chung Speaks at the Global 3D Tech Forum

CRESST Assistant Director of Research Innovation, Gregory Chung, spoke at the Global 3D Tech Forum in Seoul, Korea about the approach CRESST uses to design, development and educational games and simulations. Dr. Gregory Chung’s talk discussed how CRESST’s innovative design approach of fusing engineering, learning, and assessment processes enabled us to develop and deploy learning-effective games for underperforming students in typical school environments. Dr. Chung describes this approach within the context of UCLA/CRESST’s Center for Advanced Technology in Schools (CATS) project. 

Download the presentation here

Bonifay SME Poster

New research by Wes Bonifay and Dr. Li Cai

New research by Wes Bonifay and Dr. Li Cai demonstrates that certain item response theory models have a high propensity to fit any possible data, even when competing models have the same number of free parameters. This work was presented as a poster at the annual meeting of the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology in Nashville, TN.

Access the poster 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 2014 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 participated on a panel and 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 »

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