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Iseli & Chung to Present at Big Data Workshop - March 28
CRESST Senior Researcher Markus Iseli and Assistant Director for Research Innovation Greg Chung will present at the upcoming Big Data to Knowledge workshop on March 28th in the UCLA Neurosciences Research Building.
Their presentation, "Automatic Essay Content Scoring" will demonstrate a novel approach that evaluates essay content without need for time consuming human scoring while providing feedback on a student's understanding or misconceptions.
"We believe that our method provides significant improvement compared to most of today's automatic essay scoring methods, which are often based on word choice, text length, and even the number of commas," said Iseli. More information is available at the workshop web site.
Joan Herman Quoted in Tampa Tribune
CRESST Co-Director (Emeritus) Joan Herman is quoted in a recent Tampa Tribune article, "How Does the VAM Formula Measure Teachers?"
Florida uses a complex value-added model to measure teacher quality using the state's FCAT test. Many teachers believe the model is unfair.
Dr. Herman said that the "value-added measure is only as good as the test that is used to compute it," and that if "you think the FACT is missing some important skills or knowledge, you might think it has some real deficits."
Healing Veterans - An Important Q&A with Roy Stripling
In a new brochure, CRESST Assistant Director for Assessment Roy Stripling discusses the CRESST evaluation of a program to help veterans from all services track their own mental and emotional well-being after they leave the military.
CRESST Damage Control Game Supports U.S. Navy
Funded by the Office of Naval Research, the CDCG challenges Navy warfighters with realistic shipboard emergencies ranging from small, single crises, to ship-wide, mass catastrophes in which multiple fires and floods occur simultaneously.
The CDCG is just one of many learning and assessment projects developed by CRESST researchers to support U.S. military readiness.
Herman Discusses Consortia Tests with Stateline
CRESST Co-Director (Emeritus) Joan Herman recently discussed the forthcoming Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments with Stateline, the daily news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts.
"They (PARCC and Smarter Balanced) are moving us forward in addressing deeper learning to solve problems and think critically," said Dr. Herman, a top national assessment expert and member of the National Research Council's Board on Testing and Assessment.
A copy of the full article, States Reconsider Common Core Tests, is available.
Eva Baker to Receive Robert L. Linn Award
CRESST Co-Director Eva Baker is this year's recipient of the Robert L. Linn Distinguished Address Award, sponsored by Division D of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Baker will be honored at the upcoming AERA meeting in Philadelphia, April 3-7, 2014. The annual award was established to honor a scholar whose life's work bridges educational measurement and another area of research and has resulted in a significant, widespread positive impact on the field of educational measurement.
A leading scholar, educator, and researcher, Professor Baker is a member of the National Academy of Education and a recipient of the 2007 ETS Henry Chauncey Award for Distinguished Service to Assessment and Educational Science. She is the former president of the American Educational Research Association (2006-2007), an AERA fellow, and a former president of the World Education Research Association (2010-2011). Professor Baker was co-chair of the committee to revise the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (1999).
Pellegrino Presents to Full House
It was standing room only during Professor James Pellegrino's (University of Illinois at Chicago) recent presentation to UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Study. His presentation was part of his two-day visit to UCLA during which he spent considerable time meeting with many CRESST staff.
In his presentation, Pellegrino, co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Assessment of K-12 Science Proficiency, shared what the Next Generation Science Standards mean for educators and students across the country.
Dr. Pellegrino's presentation is available.
The Common Core Technology Challenge
In a recent Orange County Register article, CRESST Co-Director (Emeritus) Joan Herman comments on the technology challenges in schools, especially as they prepare to take new assessments to measure the Common Core State Standards.
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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 »
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 »
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 »