Notre Dame Researcher to Lead Student Assessment Project

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Ying Alison Cheng (photo courtesy of the University of Notre Dame) Ying Alison Cheng (photo courtesy of the University of Notre Dame)
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An associate professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame has been selected to lead a $1.4 million project. Ying Alison Cheng will oversee the development of the intelligent diagnostic assessment program, or i-DAP, for high school statistics education.

The four-year project, which is being funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, will have researchers working with high school students and teachers in Indiana to develop and analyze data from the cloud-based program. i-DAP aims to provide real-time feedback for students in non-advanced placement statistics courses and improve student engagement and learning.

"The i-DAP will allow students to see their results immediately, including individual strengths and weaknesses," said Cheng, who is also a fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives at Notre Dame. "Additionally, the program will also show teachers how their class performed as a whole so they can apply the results to adjust their own pace or teaching strategy."

Notre Dame says Cheng will work with the university's Center for Social Research to create the i-DAP system. The project was born out of Cheng's previous research, which led to the creation of the AP Computerized Adaptive Testing program, which was aimed at assessing students taking AP statistics courses.

You can learn more about the project by clicking here.

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