The assessment of evolutionary understanding and acceptance play a central role in many evidence-based educational pursuits: uncovering how students and teachers think; measuring the impact of educational experiences in formal and informal settings; examining the growth of understanding through degree and certification programs; and quantifying the relationships between sociocultural factors and reasoning patterns. Indeed, many questions in the growing field of evolution education research rely on measures drawn from assessment tools. The U.S. National Research Council (2001, 2014) has emphasized the complexity of drawing valid inferences from assessment tasks, the need for continuing evaluation of assessment tools in diverse contexts, and the paucity of formative and next-generation assessments capable of measuring complex practices and learning progressions. Many research questions and methods inform assessment development, application, and evaluation, and we welcome researchers exploring any aspect of evolution assessment to submit papers to a Special Issue to be published in Evolution: Education and Outreach, now celebrating its ten-year anniversary.
Submissions are now open, with an anticipated publication date of December 2018.