Edys Quellmalz

Professional Title
Director of Technology Enhanced Assessment and Learning Systems
About Me (Bio)
Dr. Edys Quellmalz, Director of Technology-Enhanced Assessment and Learning Systems in WestEd’s Math, Science and Technology program, leads SimScientists projects funded by NSF and the U.S. Department of Education related to simulation-based science curricula and assessments for formative and summative assessments that can serve as components of balanced state science assessment systems. Dr. Quellmalz is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in technology-supported assessment and has published her research widely. She co-directed the development of the Framework and Specifications for the 2014 Technology and Engineering Literacy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and served on the Steering Committee for the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework. She has consulted for numerous state, national, international assessment programs. She was Associate Director of the Center for Technology and Learning at SRI International and Director of Assessment Research and Design. She served on the faculty at the Stanford School of Education as research faculty in the UCLA Graduate School of Education.

This project has pioneered simulation-based assessments of model-based science learning and inquiry practices for middle school physical and life science systems. The assessment suites include curriculum-embedded, formative assessments that provide  immediate, individualized feedback and graduated coaching with supporting reflection activities as well as summative end-of-unit benchmark assessments. The project has documented the instructional benefits, feasibility, utility, and technical quality of the assessments with over 7,000 students and 80 teachers in four states.


The goal of this project is to develop and validate a middle school physical science assessment strand composed of four suites of simulation-based assessments for integrating into balanced (use of multiple measures), large-scale accountability science testing systems. It builds on the design templates, technical infrastructure, and evidence of the technical quality, feasibility, and instructional utility of the NSF-funded Calipers II project. The evaluation plan addresses both formative and summative aspects.


This project will focus on understanding how educational games, designed according to research-based learning and assessment design principles, can better assess and promote students' science knowledge, application of science process skills, and motivation and engagement in learning.