EdInstruments is a developing library of educational measurement tools intended to be a resource for scholars, educators, schools, districts and the general public.
To date, the field of education research has demonstrated little agreement or consistency on how to define, measure, and organize the full range of outcomes related to student success and well-being. Without a comprehensive catalog of what is available, the field has lacked a collective understanding of what is and isn’t being measured and what measures still need to be developed. Further, researchers often create measurement tools from scratch rather than building on existing measures, impeding comparability of studies and progress in the field.
EdInstruments aims to improve educational opportunities for students by addressing these issues. The annotated database both gives researchers, schools and school leadership a detailed overview of the tools currently available and illuminates where there are gaps. Our goal is to spur development of needed tools and to help the field move towards greater consensus regarding the measurement instruments that are most useful and reliable.
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The instruments in this database measure a variety of outcomes for children from birth through post-secondary education, parents, educators, administrators, and schools. They evaluate success from different perspectives, through a variety of lenses, and based on multiple metrics.
This multidimensional repository draws from and expands on a variety of public and proprietary sources and offers measurement instruments for:
assessing various facets of the schooling environment
assessing aspects of home and community settings
Delving into this curated and organized database, researchers can compare options and choose the appropriate tool for their needs. Schools and district leadership can survey available tools to gain a more concrete understanding of what constructs can and should be measured, and which tool is best-suited for the kind of assessment they seek to do.
EdInstruments does not offer evaluations of the instruments’ validity, reliability, or comprehensiveness, and is not affiliated with any publishers. However, the database includes links to free and publicly available information about the validity and reliability of each instrument, as well as peer-reviewed studies using the instruments.
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305U200008 to Brown University. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.