SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

October 16, 2007 15:24 ET

Eva Baker Receives 2007 Henry Chauncey Award

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - October 16, 2007) - Eva Baker, professor of educational psychology and social research methods at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is the recipient of the 2007 Henry Chauncey Award for Distinguished Service to Assessment and Educational Science. The award was presented in San Francisco recently during ETS's annual Invitational Conference.

Baker has directed the University's Center for Study of Evaluation since 1975, and has co-directed the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing for the past two decades. Baker is also an immediate past president of the American Educational Research Association.

The award recognizes outstanding lifetime service and accomplishments in areas of measurement and educational science that relate to the goals that Henry Chauncey, ETS's first president, strived to achieve and to the mission that ETS continues to pursue today.

"Eva's body of work exemplifies the principles that drove Henry Chauncey to establish ETS," explained Michael Nettles, Senior Vice President of ETS's Policy Evaluation & Research Division during the presentation. "Using a deep knowledge of measurement, psychology and technology, as well as profound political sensibility, her work has simultaneously demonstrated the potential use of assessment for sound educational and training purposes, while cautioning against its misuse."

As a scholar, Baker's research has been prolific and influential in designing instruction, evaluating programs, creating assessments for classroom and accountability functions, using advances in technology and cognitive science to build advanced performance assessments for schools and the military, and using accountability systems appropriately.

"Eva is at the forefront of educational assessment and educational research," adds ETS President and CEO Kurt Landgraf. "She played a critical role in developing and implementing performance assessment by championing its use and ensuring sound measurement principles were maintained. She continues to work tirelessly to ensure that in an era where No Child Left Behind legislation figures prominently, assessment practices don't violate the standards of testing that she played such an important part in developing."

Baker co-chaired the committee that produced Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, published in 1999, and has chaired the National Research Council's Board on Testing and Assessment. Baker has also been a valued advisor to the U.S. Departments of Education, Defense, Energy and State, and has shared her assessment expertise with such institutions as the U.S. Congress, the National Assessment Governing Board, the United States Agency for International Development, the Commission on Civil Rights and a range of states and organizations.

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