About the 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. Formerly known as the Laboratory of Psychometric and Evaluative Research, the Center was founded in 2000 by Professors Ronald Hambleton, Hariharan Swaminathan, and Stephen Sireci in response to the increasing use of educational tests in educational reform movements in the United States and throughout the world.

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 Research and Evaluation Methods doctoral program. For more information on the Center, please contact Ronald Hambleton, Stephen Sireci, Lisa Keller, Craig Wells, or Jennifer Randall.

Click here for brief biographies of Center faculty members and staff

Click here for an overview of current Center projects, including MCAS, ABE, College Board/AP, Pearson, AICPA, Atlas, and USAID/Indonesia.

Recent Center Faculty and Staff Presentations at National and International Conferences:
2008 International Test Commission Conference on The Impact of Testing on People and Society: Enhancing the Value of Test Use (Liverpool, England)
2008 NCME/AERA Annual Meeting Programs (New York, NY) 2007 NCME/AERA Annual Meeting Programs (Chicago, IL)
2006 NERA Annual Meeting Program (Kerhonkson, NY)
2006 International Test Commission Conference on Psychological and Educational Test Adaptation Across Languages and Cultures (Brussels, Belgium)
2006 NCME/AERA Annual Meeting Programs (San Francisco, CA)
2005 NERA Annual Meeting Program (Montreal, Canada)
2003 AERA Annual Meeting Program (Chicago, IL)
2003 NCME Annual Meeting Program (Chicago, IL)
2002 NERA Annual Meeting Program (Ellenville, NY)
2002 NCME/AERA Annual Meeting Programs (New Orleans, LA)
2002 International Test Commission Conference on Computer-Based Testing (Winchester, England)
Updated: March 29, 2007.

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