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Release: Nov. 6, 2000

UCLA professor to speak at UI as part of Coffman Series

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Eva Baker, a professor of psychological studies in education and social research methodology at the University of California-Los Angeles, will speak on educational testing and policy at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in Room N300 of the Lindquist Center.

The lecture is a part of the William E. Coffman Lecture Series presented by the Iowa Testing Programs and The Iowa Measurement Research Foundation. The title of the lecture is "What are the policy choices that involve testing and assessment?"

Baker's research focuses primarily on educational assessment, testing and evaluation policy, and the design of new models to measure school learning. She teaches courses at UCLA on instructional technology and technology and performance assessment.

Baker has been involved in many international, national and state policy debates on educational assessment, and in 1999 she was co-chair of the national Joint Committee on the Revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.

She is the current director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation (CSE) and co-directs the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST). She is also the current chair of the Board on Testing and Assessment of the National Research Council and a member of the Advisory Committee on Educational Statistics and the Independent Review Panel on the evaluation of Title I.

She has written a number of publications about psychological studies in education, including: Researchers and Assessment Policy Development: A Cautionary Tale; Technology Assessment; and Policy and Validity Prospects for Performance-based Assessment, Complex, Performance-based Assessment: Expectations and Validation Criteria.

The Coffman Lecture Series is named after William E. Coffman, who served on the faculty of the UI's Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations of Education from 1969 to 1981. During that time, he was director of the Iowa Testing Programs as well as the first E.F. Lindquist Professor of Educational Measurement.

While at the UI, Coffman was recognized for his writings on the reliability and validity of essay examinations as measurements of educational achievement. Coffman died Jan. 12, 1998.