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Research Videos

Watch videos of our staff members and ETS-sponsored guest speakers addressing topics that are of critical importance to our mission to advance quality and equity in education for all people worldwide.

October 2018

  • ETS Research Scientists introduce their article Simulations of Thought: the Role of Computational Cognitive Models in Assessment which explores three areas: assessment development, evaluation of validity evidence and training of raters who score test responses. Watch the Video (2 min., 37sec.).

January 2016

June 2015

  • R&D Connections Spotlights Assistive Technologies for Computer-Based Assessments
    Watch Video (2 min., 21 sec.) In this video, ETS research scientist Mark Hakkinen speaks about an article he has written about assistive technologies and their role in making assessment available to test takers with disabilities. View transcript.

October 2014

  • What Does it Mean to be Work Ready: A Talent Supply Chain Perspective
    Watch Video from the ETS Research Forum with Steven Robbins, Director of Research Innovations, Research & Development division, ETS; and Martin Scaglione, President & CEO, Hope Street Group. The presenters reviewed the relationship between skills, work readiness and success from both research and policy perspectives and discussed their work in building a skills agenda. They also highlighted the need to establish a global framework of critical skills for workplace readiness and success and how to articulate the meaning of workplace readiness.

July 2014

  • Videos, Interviews and Presentations from PIAAC Conference on the OECD's Survey of Adult Skills Available Online
    Watch videos of interviews and presentations from some of the world's leading experts in large-scale international assessment and research. These videos were recorded during the PIAAC Invitational Research Conference.

June 2014

  • Teaching Content to English Learners in the Era of the Common Core Standards
    Watch a video (3 min., 45 sec.) in which Associate Research Scientist Sultan Turkan and Research Associate Megan Schramm-Possinger introduce their essay for R&D Connections. Turkan and Schramm-Possinger discuss the role language plays when teaching content to the growing U.S. population of English language learners.

March 2014

  • Formative Assessment as a Means to Improve Teaching and Learning for English Learners
    Watch video (50 min., 56 sec.) from the ETS Research Forum in which Mikyung Wolf, Senior Research Scientist, and Jane Shore, Research Scientist, describe a promising approach for improving the academic reading and literacy skills of EL students by using formative assessment.

December 2013

  • HISPA: Inspiring Latino Students to Pursue Higher Education
    Watch a video (46 min., 05 sec.) Watch a video (Flash, 46 min, 05 sec.) in which Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, CEO/President/founder of Hispanics Inspiring Students' Performance and Achievement and Fred Cline, Lead Research Project Manager at ETS, discuss HISPA’s innovative Role Model Program that aims to keep Latino middle school students on the path to higher education. They also discuss the challenges associated with measuring the program's effectiveness.

November 2013

  • Using Argumentation Learning Progressions to Support Teaching and Assessments of English Language Arts
    Watch a video (2 min., 23 sec.) in which Associate Research Scientist Yi Song introduces her recent essay for R&D Connections. In the essay, Song and co-authors Paul Deane, Edith Aurora Graf and Peter van Rijn demonstrate how learning progressions developed under the Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning (CBAL) research initiative can be used to support classroom instruction and assessment design.

October 2013

  • Empowering Visually Impaired Learners via Spoken Algebra
    Watch a video (57 min., 52 sec.) from the ETS Research Forum in which researchers from ETS and Design Science, Inc. (DSI) demonstrate the tools that have been developed to increase math accessibility for visually impaired students. These tools will give them greater independence, empower them to learn math, and help close the mathematics achievement gap for these students.

July 2013

  • Researcher Compares Automated and Human Scoring of Essays
    Watch a video (Flash, 1 min., 51 sec.) in which Associate Research Scientist Mo Zhang introduces her recent essay for R&D Connections. It compares the strengths and weaknesses of automated and human scoring of essays and describes several common ways to leverage the two scoring approaches in order to meet particular goals for an assessment.

May 2013

  • Improving Teaching Through Teacher Evaluation
    Watch video (1 hr., 4 min., 24 sec.) from the ETS Research Forum in which researchers from ETS and Rutgers University discuss how to distinguish different kinds of teaching, and how the differences that we seem to see in performance are often related to the quality of measurement. Dan McCaffrey and Courtney Bell of ETS, and Drew Gitomer of Rutgers University, discuss how these issues may affect teachers when they are evaluated on the metrics that states are using to define effective teaching. They also discuss the challenges associated with obtaining accurate assessments of classroom interactions using observation protocols.

April 2013

  • Psychometrics and the Future of Assessment
    Watch video (1 hr., 7 min., 37 sec.) from the ETS Research Forum featuring two short presentations in which ETS researchers approach this issue from slightly different angles. In the first presentation, Robert Mislevy speaks about "A Learning Progression for Psychometrics." In the second presentation, Alina von Davier considers some of the specific psychometric challenges that need to be overcome in order for the promise of new forms of assessment to be realized.

May 2012

  • Fault Lines in Our Democracy: Civic Knowledge, Voting Behavior, and Civic Engagement in the United States
    Watch the video (4 min., 18 sec.) to learn more about the dangerous trends that are eroding our democracy, as the United States faces historic challenges, including a struggling economy, an aging infrastructure and global terrorism. Solutions will have to come from educated, skilled citizens who understand and believe in our democratic system, and who are civically engaged.

March 2012

  • Educational Assessment, Accountability and Equity: Conversations on Validity Around The World
    Watch videos of the speakers at the conference sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University and ETS as they discussed issues related to valid and meaningful use of educational assessments. The topics of their presentations covered educational assessment systems designed to measure student achievement and evaluate teachers, schools and institutions; examined where and how validity breaks down; and how it can be improved in practice and policy contexts.
  • State Pre–K Assessment Policies: Issues and Status
    Watch the video (45 min., 55 sec.) to learn more about state assessment practices in the pre-kindergarten area. Presentations by Debra Ackerman, Lead Research Project Manager, ETS, and Richard Coley, Executive Director, ETS.

February 2012

  • The CBAL Research Program: Overview
    Watch the video (Flash, 8 min., 2 sec.) to understand the underlying philosophy and goals of the CBAL (Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning) research program. It features scenes of CBAL assessment prototypes being used by students and interviews with teachers, ETS assessment experts and research scientists

November 2011

  • R&D Forum Highlights Progress in Improving Students' Reading Comprehension
    Watch the video (8 min., 2 sec.) from the ETS Research Forum on the Reading for Understanding initiative that is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences.

June 2011

  • Content Knowledge for Teaching: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
    Watch a presentation (38 min., 20 sec.) by ETS Research Scientist Geoffrey Phelps. ETS Distinguished Researcher Drew Gitomer provides a framework for the importance of measuring teacher quality and issues related to accountability.
  • The CBAL in the Classroom
    Watch a video (1 min., 37 sec.) to get a glimpse of how one teacher is using technology-based assessment in mathematics as part of ETS's long-term research initiative known as Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning (CBAL).

May 2011

  • Samuel Ball Memorial Lecture
    Watch a video of Anthony S. Bryk (1 hr., 9 min., 48 sec.), president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, presenting Learning through Doing: The Practice of Teaching as part of a special lecture honoring the life and work of Samuel Ball. Ball was an ETS scientist from 1968–1978 and later a nationally known leader in assessment in Australia.

April 2011

  • ETS's Statistical Analysis, Data Analysis, & Psychometric Research Area
    Watch a video (10 min., 21 sec.) to learn about the work of the staff members who score our tests, manage data for client programs, and develop new psychometric models and methods to meet the needs of modern, large-scale testing programs.
  • Conversations with ETS R&D Staff Members
    Hear our Research & Development professionals describe ETS's research capabilities and talk about what it's like to work for the world's largest nonprofit educational measurement organization.

February 2011

December 2010

  • Building Better Students: Preparation for Life After High School
    Watch videos of renowned researchers and policymakers gathered for an informed and candid discussion on how to best prepare high school students to succeed in college, at work and in life. This conference was sponsored by ETS, the College Board® and The American Educational Research Association.

October 2010

  • ETS's Assessment Development Area
    Watch a video (10 min., 44 sec.) and learn about the work of our R&D staff members who design, develop and review tests according to widely accepted standards.

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