CRESST Presents Renowned Expert on Assessment and Technology, March 18

Randy Bennett of the Educational Testing Service will speak on the need to improve testing to support today's innovations in learning.

On Monday, March 18, nationally renowned researcher Dr. Randy Bennett of the Educational Testing Service will speak to UCLA faculty, students, and staff on the topic of “Preparing for the Future: What Educational Assessment Must Do.” Hosted by UCLA’s National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), the presentation will take place at 12 p.m. in the Reading Room at Moore Hall. Admission to this event is free.

Dr. Randy Bennett, Norman O. Frederiksen Chair in Assessment Innovation, Educational Testing Service. Courtesy of Randy Bennett

Among the topics that Dr. Bennett is expected to present are the effects of the rapid expansion of online learning, the growing impact of learning games, and the need for changes in educational testing to support learning in today and tomorrow’s societies.

“We are thrilled to host Dr. Bennett at this special event,” said CRESST Co-Director Eva Baker, a long time colleague of Dr. Bennett’s. “Randy is one of the top technology and assessments experts in education,” added Baker, “and the audience is in for a treat.”

Baker and Bennett both serve on the Executive Council of the Gordon Commission on the Future of Assessment in Education, a leading assessment policy group.

At ETS, Dr. Bennett directs the Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning (CBAL) research initiative, which is attempting to create a balanced model of K-12 assessments. Bennett’s research on computer scoring of open-ended test items is helping to inform new assessments to measure the Common Core State Standards.

Bennett received his doctorate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and has worked at ETS since 1979. Since the 1980s, he has conducted research on integrating advances in cognitive science, technology, and measurement to create new approaches to assessment. He is the author of many publications and a regular speaker on technology and assessment issues.

All UCLA faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Ron Dietel at 310-794-9168 or dietel@cse.ucla.edu.