Eva Baker

Distinguished Research Professor


  • Distinguished Research Professor of Education
  • Director, Center for the Study of Evaluation
  • Director, Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing
  • Director, Center for Advanced Technology in Schools


  • Ed.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1967
  • M.A., Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 1965
  • B.A., English, University of California, Los Angeles, 1963

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Integration of instruction and measurement, including design and empirical validation of principles for developing instructional systems, and new measures of complex human performance
  • Design of technologically sophisticated testing and evaluation systems of assessment in large-scale environments for both military and civilian education
  • International, national, and state policy deliberations on assessment

She is the 2010 President of the World Educational Research Association, and was President of the American Educational Research Association in 2007. She is a member of the National Academy of Education.

Dr. Baker co-chaired the committee that produced Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing published in 1999. She directs UCLA’s Center for the Study of Evaluation (CSE), and directs the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), a project of which is the Center for Advanced Technology in Schools (CATS).

Select Publications

Peterson, P., Baker, E., & McGaw, B. (Editors-in-Chief). (2010). International encyclopedia of education, 3rd edition. Kidlington, Oxford, UK: Elsevier, Academic Press.

Baker, E. L. (2009). The influence of learning research on the design and use of assessment. In K. A. Ericsson (Ed.), Development of professional expertise: Toward measurement of expert performance and design of optimal learning environments (pp. 333-355). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Baker, E. L. (2008). Learning and assessment in an accountability context. In K. E. Ryan & L. A. Shepard (Eds.), The future of test-based educational accountability (pp. 277-291). New York: Routledge.

Baker, E. L. (2007). Principles for scaling up: Choosing, measuring effects, and promoting the widespread use of educational innovation. In B. Schneider & S.-K. McDonald (Eds.), Scale-up in education: Ideas in principle (Vol. 1, pp. 37-54). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Baker, E. L. (2005). Technology and effective assessment systems. In J. L. Herman & E. H. Haertel (Eds.), Uses and misuses of data for educational accountability and improvement (NSSE Yearbook, Vol. 104, Part 2, pp. 358-378). Chicago: National Society for the Study of Education. Distributed by Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA.


Eva Baker
GSE&IS 302
300 North Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1522

P: (310) 206-1530
E: baker@cse.ucla.edu