Academics / Program Information
Testing is certainly becoming increasingly prominent in today's society.
Standardized tests are used to make licensing decisions, student selection decisions (through the GRE, SAT, GMAT, e.g.) as well as graduation decisions. Furthermore, the No Child Left Behind legislation has lead to an increase in testing in our public school system. A substantial amount of work is necessary to develop reliable tests and obtain scores that can be used to make valid decisions. Persons qualified to plan research and evaluation studies, develop data collection instruments such as tests and questionnaires, develop new models and methods for data collection and analysis, design sampling frameworks, and collect and analyze data, play vital roles in these processes.
Academic Information of Interest
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree can be earned by students enrolled in the Program through the College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Persons with undergraduate training in mathematics, statistics, psychology, education, sociology, and/or persons with experiences in educational research and evaluation (e.g., through working for a state department of education or a research organization), are particularly well suited for the Program.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the land grant and primary research campus of the University system, is the flagship campus of higher education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The University serves 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is located in scenic and historic western Massachusetts. Part of a model Five College consortium (with Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), the University offers a wide range of specialties, including several nationally recognized research departments. Western Massachusetts is a beautiful part of the country and an excellent place to live and be a graduate student.