University of Oregon

Behavioral Research & Teaching

Behavioral Research and Teaching, or BRT, is comprised of a small group of researchers conducting research and development in student learning and academic assessment. We are located on the University of Oregon campus and our shop is funded from federal grants and state contracts. We are composed of faculty, staff, and students committed to the development of effective educational programs for all students.

The projects at BRT concentrate on access to learning so that appropriate and accurate information can be collected from all students to improve decision-making. We focus on developing information systems with three primary goals:

  • Improve basic skills assessments so that all students can read, write, and compute.
  • Enhance learning of middle and secondary content subject matter so that all students have the opportunity to develop a broad knowledge base.
  • Provide accessibility to large-scale testing so that all students can demonstrate their proficiencies on state and local achievement standards.