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 MESA‐affiliated research centers:

The Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy
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.

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.

Spotlight on Technology

MESA 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 MESA 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.