The Research Forum Series is a quarterly event in which ETS researchers present and discuss their work with colleagues, policymakers and other interested parties. To learn more about the series or to be included on the invitation list for future presentations, email RDWeb@ets.org.
Becoming a Nation of Word Learners: How Do We Get There?
Paul Deane, Principal Research Scientist at ETS, and Margaret McKeown, Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center and Clinical Professor of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, discuss how selecting words for instruction must be strategic and focused on key content. Along with exposing students to rich language, teachers must help students become aware of words and help them build up their ability to infer the meanings of words. The goal of vocabulary instruction should be to teach students how to become word learners rather than just teaching them the meaning of words. In addition, the presenters describe recent work in psychology and linguistics that should inform our thinking about vocabulary assessment.
October 21, 2015
Formative Assessment as a Means to Improve Teaching and Learning for English Learners
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.
March 6, 2014
HISPA: Inspiring Latino Students to Pursue Higher Education
Watch a video 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.
December 12, 2013
State Pre–K Assessment Policies: Issues and Status
Debra Ackerman, Lead Research Project Manager, ETS, and Richard Coley, Executive Director, ETS (Michael Nettles, Senior Vice President and Edmund W. Gordon Chair, Policy Evaluation & Research Center, ETS, gives opening remarks.)
March 7, 2012
R&D Forum Highlights Progress in Improving Students' Reading Comprehension
From ETS’ Research & Development (R&D) Forum about "Reading for Understanding," an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences.
November 3, 2011
Content Knowledge for Teaching: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
Geoffrey Phelps, Research Scientist, ETS (R&D Senior Vice President Ida Lawrence provides the introduction and ETS Distinguished Researcher Drew Gitomer gives a framework for the importance of measuring the importance of teacher quality and issues related to accountability.)
June 22, 2011
English Language Arts Learning Progressions and the Common Core State Standards: Implications for the Design of Common Core State Assessments
Paul Deane, Principal Research Scientist, Applied Research & Development, ETS (Editor's note: Video starts with an introduction by Randy Bennett, ETS's Norman O. Frederiksen Chair in Assessment Innovation.)
March 24, 2011
Making Sure Our Students Are Reading Appropriately Challenging Texts: Using Automated Tools to Predict Text Difficulty
Kathy Sheehan, Principal Research Scientist, Automated Scoring & Natural Language Processing Group, ETS
November 17, 2010