Karen Draney

Karen Draney is the Co-Director of the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center, and an adjunct associate professor in the Berkeley School of Education. She teaches graduate courses in introductory data analysis, and an undergraduate course in standardized testing issues in U.S. schools, as well as co-teaching graduate courses in measurement.

She received her PhD in Education from UC Berkeley in 1996; her dissertation topic (which won an APA Division 5 award), was “The polytomous saltus model: A mixture model approach to the diagnosis of developmental differences”. Her current research interests include the development of formative and summative assessments based on constructs and learning progressions, and the use of IRT to provide information to teachers, parents, and schools. 

adjunct professor karen draney smiling at camera


PhD, Education, UC Berkeley

MA, Education, UC Berkeley

BS, Mathematics, and BA, German, University of Utah

Secondary Teaching Certificate, University of Utah


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School of Education
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