National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST)

For 40 years, the UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation (CSE) and, more recently, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) have been at the forefront of efforts to improve the quality of education and learning in America. Located within UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, CSE/CRESST has long contributed to the development of scientifically based evaluation and testing techniques, vigorously encouraged the development, validation and use of sound data for improved accountability and decision making, and aggressively explored technological applications to improve assessment and evaluation practice.

In the past few years, CSE/CRESST has grown to meet expanded needs, substantially broadening our work well beyond our historical K-12 audience. Today, our research and development serves government, military, and pre-K through college-level education and training. We have successfully scaled up our models-based accountability research to create innovative assessment and accountability systems for learners of almost every age. While our audiences have expanded, we remain committed to high-quality accountability research and evaluation methods that inform teaching and increase learning.