William Fisher

Professional Title
Research Associate
About Me (Bio)
Prior to joining the BEAR Center at UC Berkeley, Dr. Fisher was Chief Science Officer with Avatar International in Orlando, Florida, a Senior Scientist with MetaMetrics, Inc. in Durham, North Carolina, and Professor of Research in the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Chicago, where he was a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Research Fellow. With over 25 years' experience, Fisher's current research interests range from philosophical and historical issues in science and measurement to special education under IDEA to the practical implementation of learning progressions in math and science education.
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)

This project uses new psychometric techniques to create a technological tool that could evaluate how well students in the 4th-8th mathematics and science classrooms respond to complex performance tasks. The purpose of this tool is to improve the instruction of teachers in mathematics and science. It will produce real-time individualized diagnoses of instructional needs to help teachers plan instruction that specifically addresses the learning needs of each student in that class.