National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing [CRESST] Law and Legal Definition

National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) is an education research center established to improve the quality of education and learning in the U.S. CRESST focuses on the assessment of educational quality, addressing persistent problems in the design and use of assessment systems to serve multiple purposes. CRESST develops new methodologies for evaluating educational quality.

CRESST conducts research to:

(1) provide leadership to improve assessment policy and practice at the national, state, and local levels;

(2) improve the quality, sensitivity, and fairness of student performance assessments;

(3) improve the validity of models and indicators for judging the quality of schools;

(4) improve understanding of assessment development, implementation, and effects as they occur in school practice; and

(5) improve understanding of assessment policy and its contribution to educational improvement.