The primary purpose of The Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment (CASMA) is to pursue research-based initiatives that lead to advancements in the methodology and practice of educational measurement and assessment. Inter-disciplinary measurement and assessment activities, as well as international activities, may be pursued when they relate to the primary mission. Advances in measurement and assessment support both the educational and research missions of the College of Education and the University.

The University of Iowa has a long tradition and international reputation in the field of educational measurement. It is intended that CASMA build upon and extend that reputation. The long-term vision for CASMA is that it be widely recognized as a premier interdisciplinary center that performs, promotes, fosters, and disseminates high quality research in measurement and assessment in education as well as other disciplines.

In addition to ongoing collaboration on grant and seminar development,  the UI and ACT will partner to co-host the Iowa Equating Summit, to be held on the ACT campus in Iowa City this fall. The goal of this summit is to emphasize the power of the local scientific community and to underscore Iowa City’s continued development as a research hub for psychometrics in assessments. The summit focus is on test comparability, including equating and linking, as test comparability is one of the core activities in educational assessment and an area where the local psychometric community excels.