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Equipping Students For Life After School, Geoff Masters Dec 2015

Equipping Students For Life After School, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Identifying and developing the knowledge, skills and attributes required for life and work is an ongoing challenge in school education.


Attracting Top Teaching Talent, Geoff Masters Sep 2015

Attracting Top Teaching Talent, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

In some of the world’s highest-performing countries, entry to teaching is now as competitive as courses such as engineering, science, law and medicine.


Learning Assessments: Designing The Future, Geoff N. Masters Aug 2015

Learning Assessments: Designing The Future, Geoff N. Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Processes for assessing student learning are undergoing fundamental transformation.This presentation will consider three developments which can be expected to shape how student learning is assessed in the future. First is fundamental change in how assessment is conceptualised and approached, with a focus on monitoring learning. Second is growing interest in the assessment of a broader range of skills and attributes than those addressed in most current assessment efforts. Third is advances in technology which are opening the door to new ways of gathering information about student learning, including through records of real-time interactions in online learning environments. In ACER ...


Acer's 85 Years Of Research Spreads Worldwide, Geoff Masters Jun 2015

Acer's 85 Years Of Research Spreads Worldwide, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

The Australian Council for Educational Research approaches its centenary with a strong track record for independent research and a growing international reach.


Towards A Unified Theory Of Assessment, Geoff Masters Jun 2015

Towards A Unified Theory Of Assessment, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Attempts to categorise educational assessments as either ‘formative’ or ‘summative’ no longer serve us well and the time has come to develop a more unified theory of assessment.


Year-Level Expectations Can Impede Learning, Expert Warns, Geoff Masters Apr 2015

Year-Level Expectations Can Impede Learning, Expert Warns, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Some of the ways in which school education is organised and delivered may be contributing to our highest and lowest achieving students making little annual progress in their learning.


Addressing The Learning Needs Of All Students, Geoff Masters Mar 2015

Addressing The Learning Needs Of All Students, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Year-level curriculum expectations in our schools sometimes impose artificial ceilings on student learning, and many of Australia’s most able students are not achieving their true potential as a result. Geoff Masters explains why.


Plan To Recruit Our Best And Brightest, Geoff Masters Mar 2015

Plan To Recruit Our Best And Brightest, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Australia faces a number of challenges over the next decade in planning the future teacher workforce, according to Geoff Masters.


Understanding And Addressing The Learning Needs Of Our Highest-Performing Students, Geoff N. Masters Feb 2015

Understanding And Addressing The Learning Needs Of Our Highest-Performing Students, Geoff N. Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

No abstract provided.


The Future Of Learning Assessments, Geoff Masters Feb 2015

The Future Of Learning Assessments, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Processes for assessing student learning are undergoing fundamental transformation, according to Geoff Masters.


Best Practice Teacher Education Programs And Australia’S Own Programs, Lawrence Ingvarson, Kate Reid, Sarah Buckley, Elizabeth Kleinhenz, Geoff N. Masters, Glenn Rowley Feb 2015

Best Practice Teacher Education Programs And Australia’S Own Programs, Lawrence Ingvarson, Kate Reid, Sarah Buckley, Elizabeth Kleinhenz, Geoff N. Masters, Glenn Rowley

Prof Geoff Masters AO

This report was prepared by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to support the work of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG). ACER was requested to undertake evidence-based research and benchmarking of world’s best practice teacher education programs against Australia’s own programs, which included: (a) identifying best practice principles for the design, delivery and assessment of teacher education programs; and (b) articulating the features of teacher education programs that most effectively support successful transition to effective practice.


Review Recommends Tertiary Entrance Changes, Geoff Masters, Gabrielle Matters Feb 2015

Review Recommends Tertiary Entrance Changes, Geoff Masters, Gabrielle Matters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

A review by Gabrielle Matters and Geoff Masters of senior assessment and tertiary selection processes in Queensland has recommended changes to meet future education needs.


School Improvement On Australia’S Horizon, Geoff Masters Jan 2015

School Improvement On Australia’S Horizon, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

While Australia has seen a steady decline in 15-year-olds’ reading literacy achievement over the past decade, Geoff Masters identifies promising signs at the primary level that this trend may soon be reversed.


Stretching To Reach High Standards, Geoff Masters Dec 2014

Stretching To Reach High Standards, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

In order to raise achievement, teachers need to stretch their students with tasks that are neither too easy nor difficult, according to Geoff Masters.


A New Deal For End-Of-School Assessment, Geoff Masters, Gabrielle Matters Nov 2014

A New Deal For End-Of-School Assessment, Geoff Masters, Gabrielle Matters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

A review of the processes involved in senior assessment and tertiary entrance in Queensland recommends a redesign to make them more appropriate to the 21st century. Geoff Masters and Gabrielle Matters explain the thinking behind their recommendations.


Is School Reform Working?, Geoff N. Masters Nov 2014

Is School Reform Working?, Geoff N. Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Reforming schools and improving student achievement levels are priorities for governments around the world. In Australia over the past decade, State, Territory and Commonwealth governments put considerable effort into improving the quality and equity of school education. These initiatives included the various National Partnership Programs.
The results of international surveys show that, despite reform efforts, there was little improvement in the performances of Australian students over the past decade. The period 2000 to 2012 saw a significant decline in the reading and mathematical literacy levels of Australian 15-year-olds as measured by PISA, and results from TIMSS confirmed a general lack ...


Redesigning The Secondary–Tertiary Interface: Queensland Review Of Senior Assessment And Tertiary Entrance, Gabrielle Matters, Geoff N. Masters Nov 2014

Redesigning The Secondary–Tertiary Interface: Queensland Review Of Senior Assessment And Tertiary Entrance, Gabrielle Matters, Geoff N. Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

A general conclusion of this Review is that senior secondary assessment and tertiary entrance in Queensland are in need of attention. It is more than twenty years since the current OP system was designed, and the broad features of the senior assessment system have been in place even longer. Over the past two decades, assessment and tertiary entrance processes have been the subject of ongoing modifications. Although the current processes have served Queensland well, we believe that they will be less adequate in meeting future needs and that the time has come for a redesign. Any redesign must recognise and ...


Getting To The Essence Of Assessment, Geoff Masters Oct 2014

Getting To The Essence Of Assessment, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Assessments in education can be made, interpreted and used in different ways, but all serve the same fundamental purpose, as Geoff Masters explains.


Redesigning The Secondary–Tertiary Interface Queensland Review Of Senior Assessment And Tertiary Entrance Volume 2: Supplement To Main Report, Gabrielle Matters, Geoff N. Masters Oct 2014

Redesigning The Secondary–Tertiary Interface Queensland Review Of Senior Assessment And Tertiary Entrance Volume 2: Supplement To Main Report, Gabrielle Matters, Geoff N. Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Volume 2 of the Report of the Review of Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance is a supplement to main report. It includes the following sections: An overview of the present system; an analysis of selected major reports in Queensland 1970–1990; an overview of senior assessment and tertiary entrance in Australia and other countries; the strengths and weaknesses of Queensland’s OP system today; and an account of the inner workings of standards, judgement and moderation.


Redesigning The Secondary–Tertiary Interface: Queensland Review Of Senior Assessment And Tertiary Entrance, Gabrielle Matters, Geoff N. Masters Oct 2014

Redesigning The Secondary–Tertiary Interface: Queensland Review Of Senior Assessment And Tertiary Entrance, Gabrielle Matters, Geoff N. Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

A general conclusion of this Review is that senior secondary assessment and tertiary entrance in Queensland are in need of attention. It is more than twenty years since the current OP system was designed, and the broad features of the senior assessment system have been in place even longer. Over the past two decades, assessment and tertiary entrance processes have been the subject of ongoing modifications. Although the current processes have served Queensland well, we believe that they will be less adequate in meeting future needs and that the time has come for a redesign. Any redesign must recognise and ...


Review Of The Examination Processes For Membership And Fellowship Of The Australian College Of Veterinary Scientists, Gabrielle Matters Aug 2014

Review Of The Examination Processes For Membership And Fellowship Of The Australian College Of Veterinary Scientists, Gabrielle Matters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

This paper deals with examinations administered by the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (ACVSc) (herein referred to as ‘the College’) to veterinarians at two levels – membership and fellowship. Membership examinations are set at a level that denotes an above-average level of expertise of the candidate in a particular field, signifying advisory status but no specialist status. Fellowship examinations are set at a very high standard and are intended to signify specialist status. The system of examinations administered by the College involves two components –written and oral/practical. Candidates, for both memberships and fellowships, sit the written examination in early June ...


Torch : Tests Of Reading Comprehension, Leila Mossenson, Andrew Stephanou, Margaret Forster, Geoff N. Masters, Margaret Mcgregor, Prue Anderson, Peter Hill Aug 2014

Torch : Tests Of Reading Comprehension, Leila Mossenson, Andrew Stephanou, Margaret Forster, Geoff N. Masters, Margaret Mcgregor, Prue Anderson, Peter Hill

Prof Geoff Masters AO

This set of twelve reading tests is designed to assist teachers of students from Year 3 to Year 10 in their assessment of students' reading comprehension skills. Each of the twelve reading tests consists of a reading passage and a corresponding answer sheet.


Conversation With Prof. Geoff Masters Ao, Ceo, Acer And Ms Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister Of Australia, Geoff N. Masters, Julia Gillard Aug 2014

Conversation With Prof. Geoff Masters Ao, Ceo, Acer And Ms Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister Of Australia, Geoff N. Masters, Julia Gillard

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Listen to the conversation here: http://teacher.acer.edu.au/article/exclusive-a-conversation-between-julia-gillard-and-professor-geoff-masters


Plenary 1 - Quality And Equity Through Evidence-Based Practice, Geoff N. Masters Aug 2014

Plenary 1 - Quality And Equity Through Evidence-Based Practice, Geoff N. Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Plenary 1


Why A To E Grades Paint The Wrong Picture, Geoff Masters Jul 2014

Why A To E Grades Paint The Wrong Picture, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Geoff Masters makes the case for a new approach to assessment so that teachers can better monitor the progress their students make and the effectiveness of their own teaching.


Why A To E Grades Don’T Tell The Whole Story, Geoff Masters Jun 2014

Why A To E Grades Don’T Tell The Whole Story, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Commonly used A to E grades in schools may not be serving all students well, or telling the whole story of progress. It’s time to review how we measure students' learning - that doesn’t mean abandoning grading altogether, but rather recognising that age-based grading systems don’t give us all the answers.


Beyond Pisa : Improving Student Outcomes, Geoff Masters May 2014

Beyond Pisa : Improving Student Outcomes, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

The latest PISA results indicate that we must focus on strategies to improve what happens in every classroom, every day of the school week if we are to improve student outcomes, says Geoff Masters.


Support School-Community Partnerships – For Students And Our Future, Geoff Masters May 2014

Support School-Community Partnerships – For Students And Our Future, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Geoff Masters discusses the importance of improving the capacity for collaboration between education and philanthropy, and the positive impact this can have on student outcomes.


Back To School For Lessons On Teaching, Geoff Masters Apr 2014

Back To School For Lessons On Teaching, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Reforming schools and improving student achievement levels are priorities for governments around the world, but the question is which reform strategies are proving most effective?


Towards A Growth Mindset In Assessment, Geoff Masters Oct 2013

Towards A Growth Mindset In Assessment, Geoff Masters

Prof Geoff Masters AO

Assessment and reporting processes shape student, parent and community beliefs about learning – sometimes in unintended ways.