WRITER: KARYN CARNINE
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
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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
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
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
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
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.