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Center for Educational Assessment
The Center for Educational Assessment in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 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. Recent and current Center research activities include performing quality control analyses on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System annual equating, conducting research on the computerization of the Uniform Certified Public Accountants Exam, developing assessment systems for adult basic education in Massachusetts, and conducting studies to evaluate the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The Center is a valuable resource for educational policy makers and others who use tests to make important decisions regarding individuals, organizations or institutions. Services provided by the Center include test development workshops; statistical services such as norming, scaling, and equating; conducting standard setting studies; internal and external audits of current testing programs; evaluating test translations; helping teachers and policy makers better understand and use test results, and training individuals in statistical and psychometric modeling. The Center currently has four faculty members and three staff affiliates and provides funding for approximately 18 graduate students in the Psychometric Methods, Educational Statistics and Research Methods doctoral program. more...