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New Book Explores the 70-year History of Research at ETS

Advancing Human Assessment features comprehensive reviews of ETS's research in technical, substantive and policy areas and explores our organization’s focus on, and achievements in, advancing educational measurement. The book, edited by Randy E. Bennett and Matthias von Davier, is available for free download or purchase. Read more about how ETS is reflecting on our past and looking toward the future.

Process Data

Can assessments do more for us? Can they help us understand not just how a student answers a question, but the strategy the student uses to get to the answer? Emerging research at ETS on process data provides better insight into what a test is measuring and how students interact with the test questions.

Worthwhile Research to Answer Worthwhile Questions

There are big challenges in education right now that require our immediate attention — raising literacy levels, increasing access to high-quality teachers and clearing pathways to careers in STEAM, just to name a few. After some reflection, ETS has identified nine Big Educational Challenges, and our research scientists are working on projects that would contribute toward solving them.

Top Stories

Are there better ways to do college admissions?

Rebecca Zwick, a researcher at ETS and author of Who Gets In?, offers her view on the college admissions process. She explores current issues around college admissions, discusses fairness and transparency, addresses affirmative action policies, and suggests better ways to do college admissions.

Why the Nation Needs to do College Attainment Better

The degree to which different racial groups have varying levels of access to and completion of higher education has always concerned Michael Nettles. In his latest report, Nettles explores why only two racial groups are on track to meet degree attainment goals set out by the Federal Government and Lumina Foundation.

If Millennials on the Margins Fail, We all Fail.

In a new report, ETS researchers examine how we are failing millennials, and what the consequences of this are for all of us. Nearly half of America's millennials — around 36 million — are attempting the transition to adult roles with low literacy skills, and more than half — about 46 million — are doing so with low numeracy skills. The impacts of this cannot be ignored.

Research that matters

Through our research, ETS works to improve teaching and learning, ensure opportunity for individual learners, and inform education policy and assessment.

Improving teaching and learning

ETS is working on innovations today that can enhance teaching and learning in classrooms tomorrow.

Expanding opportunity for individual learners

ETS strives to ensure its assessments and tools are valid, fair and accessible to every learner.

Informing education policy and assessment

Our research and policy studies strive to address many of today’s pressing issues in educational assessment.