- Cognition and brain development
- Early learning
- Technology and learning
James Pellegrino is a distinguished professor of psychology and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and co-director of UIC’s Learning Sciences Research Institute. His research and development interests focus on children’s and adult’s thinking and learning and the implications of cognitive research and theory for assessment and instructional practice. Pellegrino has served as head of several National Academy of Sciences study committees, including co-chair of the Committee on Learning Research and Educational Practice, and co-chair of the Committee on the Foundations of Assessment which issued the report Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment. Most recently, he co-chaired the Committee on Developing Assessments of Science Proficiency in K-12. Pellegrino also serves on the Technical Advisory Committees of several states as well as those for assessment consortia Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, Dynamic Learning Maps, and National Center and State Collaborative that are funded under the federal Race to the Top assessment initiative.