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educational research, measurement and evaluation


Research Centers
The national and international demand for sophisticated education researchers is reflected at Boston College through the two world renowned Lynch School of Education and ERME‐affiliated research centers:

The Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP)
CSTEEP conducts its work on both small and large scales, working with individual schools, districts, states, as well as countries to advance educational testing practices and policy, and to improve the quality and fairness of education.

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The TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center
The TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center conducts comparative studies in educational achievement throughout the world. Principally, the Center directs two main efforts—Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)—under the auspices of the International Association for the  Evaluation of Educational Achievement. 

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The long term educational aim of these research center efforts is to produce a new generation of highly skilled professionals prepared to apply and develop cutting edge data collection, statistical analysis and assessment techniques that capitalize on the efficiency, flexibility, and reach of existing and emerging technologies.

Spotlight on Technology
ERME is very interested in becoming a leader in the use of technology to enhance research and assessment.  This includes developing new uses of computers (and developing new technology) to collect, analyze and present information and use of computers to assess students for both formative and summative purposes.  Current research proposals include the development and validation of computer-based testing environments, development and validation of diagnostic testing techniques, development of new data collection techniques, and development of new tools for disseminating research findings.

Each year, many ERME faculty, students, and alumni present their research at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference. 

For a listing of this year's conference presentations, please view the MESA at AERA 2017 booklet.

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