Research Topics

ETS provides assessments and related services to address the need for more effective teaching and learning at all levels of education. As a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, we continually seek to improve our assessment capabilities — and to advance the field of educational measurement — through research in a number of areas. These areas include:

Assessing People with Disabilities >

We conduct research with the aim of ensuring that tests are fair and valid for individuals with disabilities.

Automated Scoring and Natural Language Processing >

We develop technology to improve the scoring of today’s assessments and prepare for the next generation of assessments.

The CBAL™ Initiative: Innovation in K–12 Assessment >

Through our long-term Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning (CBAL™) research initiative, we hope to improve approaches to K–12 accountability assessment.

English Language Learning and Assessment >

Learn about our research into the foundations of English language learning and assessment worldwide and in U.S. grades K–12.

Human Capital and Large-Scale Assessment >

Our researchers seek to understand how data from large-scale international comparative surveys can be used to meet policy needs around the world.

Policy Research >

Our Policy and Evaluation Research Center conducts research and evaluations on public policy-related issues in education.

Reading for Understanding >

In collaboration with other institutions, our research teams are working on the assessment strand of the U.S. Department of Education-funded Reading for Understanding Initiative.

Statistics and Psychometrics >

This line of research at ETS promotes new and improved psychometric and statistical methods and capabilities through innovation and development of foundational knowledge.

Understanding Teaching Quality >

We are working to develop and improve measurements of teachers’ knowledge and effectiveness, as well as to understand how teachers can develop effective practices and apply them in the classroom.

Workforce Readiness and 21st Century Skills >

ETS is focused on identifying and assessing the skills needed for today's workforce to support employers as they recruit the qualified workers they need to compete in the global economy.