October 1-2, 2018 • ucla luskin conference center

2018 Review

CRESSTCON ‘18 was our most exciting conference yet. The assembled group of education influencers, from the fields of education technology, assessment, psychometrics, policy, and economics, shared a range of best practices and global trends for improving the academic outcomes of every student. In case you missed any of it, below are some presentation videos and slides from the event.


Children of Immigration

Keynote Speaker: Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean, UCLA GSE&IS

In this presentation, Dean Suárez-Orozco reviewed the most recent data on major global migratory flows. He then turned to the data specifically pertinent to children and youth and their transitions to new societies. Finally, he offered some reflections on mass migration’s opportunities and challenges to the defining institutions of our society with a focus on schools.

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Accelerating Excellence and Equity: Challenges and Solutions

Panelists: Eva Baker (UCLA CRESST), Mary Hewitt (Boys & Girls Club), and Kim Gomez (UCLA GSE&IS)

In this plenary session, panelists discussed how to prepare kids for success in school and in life by fostering and accelerating educational excellence and ensuring equal access to quality educational opportunities.

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Learning Engineering: The Art of Applying Evidence-Based Learning at Scale

Keynote Speaker: Bror Saxberg, Vice President, Learning Science at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)

Too often, learning environments at scale are designed around how we wish learning worked. Unfortunately, learning, like human biology, is an inconveniently designed system. It requires real effort to help designers become able to apply what’s known about learning and evidence-gathering about learning at scale – and we need this to help learners at all ages deal more reliably with ever-changing work contexts.

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Social Emotional Learning as the New Frontier: Frameworks, Measurement, and Interventions

Presenters: Jessica Berlinski (Ripple Effects), Katie Buckley (Transforming Education), Sandra Graham (UCLA GSE&IS), Katerina Schenke (UCLA CRESST).

In this session, presenters shared results from the latest research on SEL including work from interventions that also serve as opportunities for formative assessment (Berlinski), data from multiple reporters of SEL (Buckley), descriptives highlighting racial/ethnic differences in feelings of belonging in school (Graham), and a framework for game-based assessment of SEL for young children (Schenke).

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Presentation Slides:

Jessica Berlinski
Katie Buckley
Sandra Graham
Katerina Schenke

Identifying English Learners: The ELPA21 Dynamic Screener

Presenters: Mark Hansen (UCLA CRESST), EunHee Keum (UCLA CRESST), Michelle McCoy (ELPA21), Cat Still (ELPA21), Jesse Markow (ELPA21) as discussant

This session described efforts to develop an efficient and accurate test used for the initial identification of students who are potential English learners in eight states of the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21).

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Telemetry Data and Applications

Presenters: Greg Chung (UCLA CRESST), Teanna Feng (UCLA CRESST), Jina Kang (Utah State), Alan Koenig (UCLA CRESST), Anna Lee (UCLA CRESST), Thomas Maierhofer (UCLA CRESST), Betsy McCarthy (WestEd), Elizabeth Owen (Age of Learning Inc.), Charles Parks (UCLA CRESST), Elizabeth Redman (UCLA CRESST), Manie Tadayon (UCLA/Electrical and Computer Engineering)

This structured poster session presented current R&D on the use of telemetry (or process data) in games and simulations for learning and measurement purposes. The session opened with brief remarks by the organizer (Chung), followed by the opportunity for the audience to engage in in-depth discussions with presenters. A range of topics were covered — the design of telemetry systems, the processing and analysis of telemetry data, using telemetry data in adaptive systems, and using telemetry data for measurement purposes. The set of work illustrated innovative applications spanning different ages, content, disciplines, and methodological approaches.

Scientific Posters:

Teanna Feng
Jina Kang
Alan Koenig
Anna Lee
Thomas Maierhofer
Betsy McCarthy
Elizabeth Owen
Charles Parks
Manie Tadayon

STEM & Equity

Presenters: Roxana Hadad (Northeastern Illinois University), Imelda Nava (Center X/TEP/UCLA), Christine Ong (UCLA CRESST)

This session provided multiple perspectives on connections between equity and STEM. In particular, presenters explored how they conceptualize the notion of equity (specifically in the area of STEM/STEM-based initiatives) and how it guides them in their work.

Presentation Slides:

Roxana Hadad

Current Practices in Evaluation and Assessment in China

Presenters: Li Yanfang, Luo Liang, and Xin Tao

In this plenary session, panelists from Beijing Normal University discussed contemporary issues related to technology, assessment and evaluation in China.

Li Yanfang presented The Status of Chinese Primary School Music Teachers and their Influences on Student’s Music Learning, which reports on a large-scale assessment of elementary school music instructors and the effects of teacher demographics, attitudes, and experience on student music interests and achievement.

Luo Liang presented Report on the Quality of Compulsory Education in China—Key Findings from The National Assessment Of Educational Quality(2015-2017), which focuses on Grade 4 and Grade 8 students, evaluating student achievement in Chinese, mathematics, science, art, moral education and physical health.

Xin Tao presented Accurate Monitoring of Education Quality: Use Technology to Support Education Assessment in China, which provides insight into the various testing techniques used to support accurate monitoring of the quality of China’s education such as voice recognition technology, human-computer interaction technology, and music electronization.

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Innovations in Early Childhood Instruction and Assessment

Presenters: Naomi Hupert (EDC), Elizabeth Redman (UCLA CRESST), Jeremy Roberts (PBS KIDS), Rosa Serratore (SMMUSD), Phil Vahey (SRI) as discussant

This session showcased research focused on technology in the instruction and assessment of young children. From digital games to innovative in-school curriculum, presenters shared their expertise and research in this exciting and evolving arena.

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Presentation Slides:

Elizabeth Redman
Jeremy Roberts
Rosa Serratore

Assessment Design and Practice

Presenters: Sandy Chang (UCLA CRESST), Rebecca Kantar (Imbellus), Harry O’Neil (USC), Jessica Andrews Todd (ETS), Eva Baker (UCLA CRESST) as discussant

This session focused on assessment design and practice for understanding and improving the quality of education and training. The speakers presented on a broad range of topics and approaches.

Presentation Slides:

Sandy Chang
Harry O’Neil
Jessica Andrews Todd

Equity and Excellence in International Assessment

Panelists: Jimin Cho (KICE), Heidi Harju-Luukkainen (Univeristy of Helskinki), Leonor Varas (University of Chile), Xin Tao (BNU), Li Cai (UCLA CRESST) as session moderator

In this plenary session, panelists discussed assessment from an international perspective, particularly examining issues of equity in assessment. Panelists joined from Finland, China, Chile, and Korea.

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Robert L. Linn Memorial Lecture

In this lecture, Professor Xin discussed the development of modern educational assessment in China, the implementation of large-scale assessment studies in support of educational reform, and policy research to bridge the equity, access, and achievement gap as the country’s economy further advances into the 21st century.

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