New ETS Video Explains CBAL™ Research Initiative Revolutionizing K–12 Assessment

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(February 16, 2012) —

Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world's leading measurement and research organization, has created and posted a new video on its innovative CBAL™ (Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning) research program. The video explains the underlying philosophy and goals of this research program to policymakers, state and local school officials, and teachers.

ETS created the CBAL research program to help advance the field of educational assessment. One result of CBAL research is an innovative approach to K–12 assessment that is grounded in the learning sciences and aligned with quality instructional practice and substantive professional development for teachers. Central to the CBAL system model is turning assessment into a positive teaching and learning experience, while also addressing the accountability information needs of policy makers.

The video features scenes of CBAL assessment prototypes being used by students at North Brunswick Township High School in North Brunswick, N.J., as well as interviews with teachers, ETS assessment experts and research scientists. The video illustrates how CBAL assessment prototypes are being used in classroom settings to facilitate a positive learning experience.

"The CBAL K–12 model attempts to do three things. First, document what students know and can do. Second, help teachers and students plan and adjust instruction. And last, be regarded by teachers and students as a worthwhile educational experience in and of itself," explains Randy Bennett, Frederiksen Chair in Assessment Innovation at ETS.

"The CBAL K–12 model was created from our belief that existing approaches to assessment could be markedly improved," adds Ida Lawrence, Senior Vice President of Research & Development at ETS. "It is a model that contains many of the features that state consortia envisioned in their successful applications for federal funding under the U.S. Race to the Top Assessment Program."

In January, ETS launched a new CBAL website to stimulate discussion, debate, and promote empirical research to help teachers and students meet the goals of the English language arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards. The website features the CBAL ELA competency model and learning progressions, which offer a comprehensive and unified conception of the components of English Language Arts proficiency derived from learning sciences research.

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At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org