Research Centers

At the UMass Amherst College of Education, we conduct forward-thinking research that informs decisions at every level of education. Our research promotes policies, practices, and partnerships that support the creation of educational systems and communities that are diverse, just, meaningful, and impactful.

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The Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation (CSCORE) is dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for all children through identifying and developing research-based and effective school counseling practices. 

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The Center for Youth Engagement (CYE) is an interdisciplinary effort dedicated to the advancement of successful school and post-school outcomes for underserved and at-risk youth.

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The Center for Student Success Research (CSSR) facilitates research, evaluation, and organizational assessment aimed at promoting postsecondary access and success for underrepresented and understudied student populations.

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The Center for International Education (CIE) engages in implementation and research opportunities in the areas of international development for educational institutions and systems-especially in conflict or crisis contexts, professional development and capacity building, education policy and leadership, nonformal/popular adult education, and internationalizing U.S. education.

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The Center for Educational Policy conducts studies and evaluates programs on topics relating to K-12 education reform and K-16 alignment, access, and outcomes. Convenes policy leadership conferences that bring together legislators, executive branch staff, educators, union leaders, researchers, funders, and other education stakeholders to share research findings and test policy solutions.

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The Center for Educational Assessment (CEA) conducts research and provides training in the areas of psychometrics, research methods, and educational statistics to promote fair, useful, and efficient educational assessment practices. The Center provides technical expertise in areas such as test development, item response theory applications, equating, standard setting, test selection and evaluation, and program evaluation.