ETS Research Forum Videos

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

  • 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

    Watch the Becoming a Nation of Word Learners: How Do We Get There? video (44 min., 14 sec.)
    Read the Becoming a Nation of Word Learners: How Do We Get There? transcript

  • 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

    Watch the video (50 min., 56 sec.)

  • 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

    Watch the video (46 min., 05 sec.)

  • 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

    Watch the video (45 min., 55 sec.)

  • 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

    Watch the video (50min., 51 sec.)

  • 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

    Watch the video (38 min., 20 sec.)

  • 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

    Watch the video (46 min., 20 sec.)

  • 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

    Watch the video (46 min., 37 sec.)


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