Writing Implementation Guides for Research-Based Assessments

Jaime E. Richards

Advisor: Dr. Eleanor Sayre

REU 2014



This program is funded by the National Science Foundation through grant number PHY-1157044.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.



This site summarizes my experience doing research for the Kansas State University 2014 Physics REU program.  This home page includes a brief overview of my work and myself and links to other information, including the poster that John R. Thompson and I made for the Physics Education Research Conference following the American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting in Minneapolis.

 Notes for Future REU Students

This program was a great experience and if you are considering applying, I would definitely recommend it! Working in Dr. Sayre’s lab was a great experience and taught me a lot about research and education. The whole Physics department at KSU is great and the faculty members are very approachable and want to make this experience the best it can be for you.

Project Overview

We are working to create an online assessment resource for physics faculty hosted on PhysPort.  As part of the online resource, we develop implementation guides for each of 50+ research-based assessment instruments (e.g. FCI, BEMA, CLASS, etc). Specifically, each implementation guide gathers all of the pertinent information about each instrument –information regarding access and administration, appropriate populations, typical results, research validation – and presents it to ordinary physics faculty members in a concise and friendly format.  This will improve their access to and knowledge of research-based assessments. 


Research Progress

The guides that we have written are located on PhysPort.  We also presented a poster at the 2014 Physics Education Research Conference in Minneapolis and made contributions to a future paper.

Final Presentation

Click here to download my poster in PowerPoint and pdf format.


About Me

At the time of this REU, I am a rising Junior at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ majoring in Physics with minors in Education and Mathematics.  I have previously participated in an REU at the University of Akron doing research in the area of polymer physics. I will be a Learning Assistant for a physics course and a physics and math tutor beginning in the Fall of 2014.  My current career goal is to become a high school physics teacher and to remain involved in science education research as much as I can. 


Useful Links

Kansas State University

Physics Department  

REU Program


Sayre Lab

Rowan University

PER Central