Research areas

Assessment and Analysis of Educational Testing

We are doing research on the evaluation and analysis of the test.

We conduct research on test evaluation and analysis.

In recent times, globalization has also been progressing significantly in the testing world and this makes it difficult for us to continue our research while staying just within Japan. In addition, major overseas organizations for testing research and development such as the ETS, ACER, and Cito do not simply remain as research institutes. Most of them are non-profit organizations taking vigorous actions. They have strong interests in expanding their testing businesses into Asian countries including Japan.

Under such circumstances, if we want to conduct such businesses as test evaluation or development, as well as data analysis while keeping pace with other countries, I consider that non-profit organizations like CRET should be the best place to achieve them. While maintaining our efficiency and rationality at the corporate level, as well as our research standing at the university level, and while trying to improve the standard for Japanese educational measurement through interactions with other countries, I would like to make as many contributions as possible to the establishment of evidence-based educational policies.

intent

In order to newly develop and evaluate such tests that measure the abilities increasingly needed for people living in the internationalization and informatization era, we analyze test problems in various question- and answer-formats using advanced testing theories. Moreover, with related researchers from Japan and overseas, we organize seminars and promote testing-related research while exchanging information with one another.

dissertation

2012/06/27

Presentation Report on the International Society for Bayesian Analysis World Meeting (ISBA2012)
- Assessing Prior Distributions for the Item Parameters in the Two-Parameter Logistic IRT Model -

In order to develop a test based on the Item Response Theory (IRT), it is necessary to collect response data from field testing and estimate the properties (item parameters) of each test item, such as discrimination and difficulty. Although estimating item parameters with a high degree of accuracy requires a vast amount of data, it is not infrequent that various restrictions and costs hinder t...

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2011/07/21

Report on the presentation at the International Meeting of the Psychometric Society (IMPS 2011):
"Setting a Target Test Information Function for Assembly of IRT-Based Classification Tests"

 This report describes the poster presentation entitled "Setting a Target Test Information Function for Assembly of IRT-Based Classification Tests," which was given at the International Meeting of the Psychometric Society (IMPS 2011) held in the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong. More than 50 posters were presented in the session, and researchers in psychometrics engaged in active d...

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report

2011/09/10

Report on participation in the 9th Convention of JART (Japan Association for Research on Testing) in Okayama

 This is a report on our participation in the 9th Convention of JART held at Benesse Corporation Headquarters and at Okayama University.  The theme of the Convention was "Testing in Education – Today and the Future." Two open symposia were held with the topics of "Dynamic Testing Technology to Watch over Children" and "Global Perspectives of Educational Testing Today and in the Future...

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2011/06/28

Report on the14th OECD/Japan Seminar: Education Reform in the 21st century
–Learning from "Strong Performers and Successful Reformers"-

  The 14th OECD/Japan Seminar co-sponsored by the OECD and MEXT was held on June 28th and 29th 2011. Every year, education ministers, policy-makers and researchers from Japan and all over the world gather to discuss the topical education policy issues. This year's seminar title was "Strong Performers and Successful Reformers - Lessons from PISA." This was 6 months after the results of PISA 2...

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watch

2011/09/10

Report on participation in the 9th Convention of JART (Japan Association for Research on Testing) in Okayama

This is a report on our participation in the 9th Convention of JART held at Benesse Corporation Headquarters and at Okayama University.  The theme of the Convention was "Testing in Education – Today and the Future." Two open symposia were held with the topics of "Dynamic Testing Technology to Watch over Children" and "Global Perspectives of Educational Testing Today and in the Future."...

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2011/07/04

Report on ICT-integrated Education in Hong Kong and the CSCL conference

 The 21st century has witnessed various paradigm shifts in how we perceive learning and skills. In a new paradigm, more emphasis is placed on the students’ proactive and collaborative learning, rather than traditional teaching led by teachers. Emphasis is also placed on “higher order thinking skills” which empowers students to do critical thinking and problem solving. On the...

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columns

2014/07/29

Problem-Solving Ability, Financial Literacy, and the Results and Application of TALIS

Kenichi Arai, Chairperson of CRET   The results of the PISA 2012 problem-solving ability tests have been announced in April 2014. There were questions for which the solutions were not immediately obvious, such as those about understanding the rules that regulate the movement of cleaning robots and how to use an air conditioner without consulting its operation manual. The score for Ja...

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2013/12/10

What PISA 2012 suggests

Kenichi Arai, Chairperson of CRET     The results of the PISA 2012 conducted by OECD have been announced. Among OECD member countries, Japan was ranked second in the category of mathematical literacy and first in comprehension and scientific literacy. This showed its ranking has returned to the record level demonstrated after PISA 2003, in which Japan showed disappointing resul...

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members

  • Kenichi Arai

  • Akinobu Ando

  • Tadashi Inagaki

  • Masaki Hisano

  • Mihoko Hashimura

  • Kazuki Miya

  • Mina Kisaki

  • Masahiro Yachi

  • Other Researcher

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This laboratory conducts research and development into testing approaches that measure communication skills, teamwork skills, and social skills, etc.

Dr. Atsushi Aikawa

Professor,
Faculty of Human Sciences,
University of Tsukuba
Ph.D. in Psychology

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This laboratory conducts research on the foundation of computer-based testing, and basic research on media and recognition, as well as applied and practical research
that utilize such knowledge.

Dr. Kanji Akahori

Professor Emeritus of
Tokyo Institute of
Technology

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