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How Teachers Engage With Student Assessment Data: Understanding Antecedents To Data-Driven Decision Making, Cynthia P. Raffe, Dennis Alonzo, University Of New South Wales Aug 2019

How Teachers Engage With Student Assessment Data: Understanding Antecedents To Data-Driven Decision Making, Cynthia P. Raffe, Dennis Alonzo, University Of New South Wales

2009 - 2019 ACER Research Conferences

In recent years, education systems internationally have been encouraging data-use initiatives with the aim of improving student learning through data-driven decision making (DDDM). The use of student assessment data in particular has been promoted to guide teaching practices and progress student learning. Despite this, the adoption of data-use practices by New South Wales classroom teachers has been slow. The study qualitatively examined two core foundational activities that affect New South Wales classroom teachers’ use of student assessment data, referred to as assessment data collection (ADC) practices, and assessment data analysis (ADA) practices. Specifically, the study sought to answer: What are ...


Using Learning Analytics To Measure 21st-Century Skills, Dragan Gašević Aug 2019

Using Learning Analytics To Measure 21st-Century Skills, Dragan Gašević

2009 - 2019 ACER Research Conferences

The unprecedented opportunities to collect data about learning and contexts in which learning occurs has attracted great attention in education. The use of data analytics and machine learning methods have offered much potential to address many relevant questions in education. This talk will focus on the use of learning analytics to measure 21st-century skills in education and outline the types of data commonly used. It will also discuss approaches that are used for analysis and modelling of relevant learning processes and outline the ways in which learning analytics can be used to track learning progression and how the validity of ...


The Science Behind The Art Of Teaching: Evaluation As Inspiration, Michele Bruniges Am Aug 2019

The Science Behind The Art Of Teaching: Evaluation As Inspiration, Michele Bruniges Am

2009 - 2019 ACER Research Conferences

Teachers across Australia inspire students to love learning. Our best teachers are constantly evaluating their impact on learning outcomes and adapting their practice – balancing the art and science of teaching. As we move rapidly towards the third decade of the 21st century, there is more pressure than ever for all teachers to deliver both deep discipline knowledge and the skills students need to survive and thrive in the workplace of the future. We need to use technology and data to support teachers to maximise learning outcomes for their students. This has to be done in a way that helps teachers ...


Data Parties I Have Known: Lessons Learned And Best Practices For Success, Nancy K. Franz Aug 2018

Data Parties I Have Known: Lessons Learned And Best Practices For Success, Nancy K. Franz

Education Publications

Increased focus on data-driven decision making requires Extension professionals to excel at data analysis and interpretation. Data parties have become increasingly popular for involving stakeholders in making sense of data. As these parties become more frequently used by Extension professionals, best practices are emerging from lessons learned to improve the process and enhance the outcomes. These practices include designing discussion questions to fit the specific goals of the process, engaging a team of key partners, setting a theme and party environment that appeals to the participants and fits the context, providing appropriate data visualization tools, and using strong facilitation practices.


Yeast: The Gateway To Redefining And Improving Biology Labs, Connor Loomis Jul 2018

Yeast: The Gateway To Redefining And Improving Biology Labs, Connor Loomis

Biology Summer Fellows

Building off of collegiate research performed during the summer of 2018, this lesson plan outlines a lab for secondary students using yeast. Yeast is an affordable and convenient organism to introduce to secondary education, and students can learn a lot about biology through it. Essentially, the goal of the lab is for students to explore the effects of certain substances on the growth of yeast. While content is emphasized, this lesson plan also looks to build students’ understanding of science in general as well as proper laboratory skills and technique. In addition, it pushes students in their thinking as they ...


Opening Or Closing Doors For Students? Equity And Data-Driven Decision-Making, Amanda Datnow Aug 2017

Opening Or Closing Doors For Students? Equity And Data-Driven Decision-Making, Amanda Datnow

2009 - 2019 ACER Research Conferences

Data-driven decision-making is key pillar of educational reform initiatives in countries across the globe. While approaches to data use vary, the theory of action underlying these efforts is often similar. The common idea is that when leaders and teachers are knowledgeable about how to use data, they will become more effective in reviewing their existing capacities, identifying weaknesses, and charting plans for improvement. In the classroom, data can inform how teachers plan lessons, identify concepts for re-teaching, and differentiate instruction. For all these reasons, data use has significant implications for teaching and leadership. Ensuring equitable opportunities and outcomes for all ...


Assessment Online: Informing Teaching And Learning, Geoff N. Masters Jun 2017

Assessment Online: Informing Teaching And Learning, Geoff N. Masters

Teacher columnist – Geoff Masters

Online assessments are capable of providing significantly improved feedback to teaching and learning. Experience in schools is demonstrating the potential of online assessment – provided the foundations are right.

The advantages of online assessment are often described in terms of its administrative convenience, efficiency and lower costs. However, well-constructed online assessments also are capable of providing more timely, more instructionally useful feedback to teaching and learning. For a number of years ACER has been investigating ways to enhance the educational value of online assessments.


Assessment Online: Informing Teaching And Learning, Geoff N. Masters Ao Jun 2017

Assessment Online: Informing Teaching And Learning, Geoff N. Masters Ao

Teacher columnist – Geoff Masters

Online assessments are capable of providing significantly improved feedback to teaching and learning. Experience in schools is demonstrating the potential of online assessment – provided the foundations are right.


How Well Are We Learning From Naplan?, Geoff N. Masters Ao Apr 2017

How Well Are We Learning From Naplan?, Geoff N. Masters Ao

Teacher columnist – Geoff Masters

Some Australian schools and school systems have seen greater improvements in NAPLAN results than others. How well do we understand where improvements are occurring and why? Professor Geoff Masters AO discusses.


Mapping Progress – Using Data For Teaching And Learning, Geoff N. Masters Ao Aug 2016

Mapping Progress – Using Data For Teaching And Learning, Geoff N. Masters Ao

Teacher columnist – Geoff Masters

It’s important to keep in mind that there are three central uses of data in school education. Professor Geoff Masters AO discusses.


Rethinking Formative And Summative Assessment, Geoff N. Masters Ao May 2015

Rethinking Formative And Summative Assessment, Geoff N. Masters Ao

Teacher columnist – Geoff Masters

It's a popular idea – educational assessments are either 'summative' assessments of learning or 'formative' assessments for learning. But just how fundamental is this distinction? And is it truly useful?


Big Data In Education – An International Perspective, Robert Hassell, Sacha Develle Apr 2015

Big Data In Education – An International Perspective, Robert Hassell, Sacha Develle

Dr Sacha DeVelle

The authors report on research they originally undertook for AISNSW, exploring how schools in Finland, Singapore, Japan and Ontario use data to inform improvements in student learning. These jurisdictions have regularly outperformed Australia in their results for PISA and other international assessments. The authors address: the types of data schools collect in the different jurisdictions and their explicit improvement agenda; how ‘big education data’ is used by schools; the future of data use, including ‘big data in education’; and exemplars of effective data use in schools. They identify implications emerging from their research and recommend future actions that are relevant ...


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

Learning Assessments : Designing The Future, Geoff N. Masters Ao

Teacher columnist – Geoff Masters

Professor Geoff Masters discusses recent developments in assessing student learning and how they will shape the future of assessment.


Assessing End-Of-School Attainment, Geoff N. Masters Nov 2014

Assessing End-Of-School Attainment, Geoff N. Masters

Teacher columnist – Geoff Masters

Is there a ‘best’ way to establish the levels of knowledge, understanding and skill that students have attained in a subject by the end of Year 12?


Achieving High Standards By Starting From Current Performance, Geoff N. Masters Nov 2014

Achieving High Standards By Starting From Current Performance, Geoff N. Masters

Teacher columnist – Geoff Masters

A commonly proposed strategy for raising achievement levels in schools is to specify high expectations or ‘standards’ of student performance and to hold students, teachers and schools accountable for achieving those standards. On the surface, it seems like an eminently sensible strategy. But is it?


Incentives - An Ineffective School Improvement Strategy?, Geoff N. Masters Oct 2014

Incentives - An Ineffective School Improvement Strategy?, Geoff N. Masters

Teacher columnist – Geoff Masters

By the turn of the century, the observation had been made in many countries that substantial increases in expenditure on schools had failed to deliver measurable improvements in student performance. But just how effective are incentives as an improvement strategy?


Teaching Qualitative Research Methods With Atlas.Ti: Beyond Data Analysis, Trena M. Paulus, Ann Bennett Jun 2014

Teaching Qualitative Research Methods With Atlas.Ti: Beyond Data Analysis, Trena M. Paulus, Ann Bennett

Trena M. Paulus

This presentation will share best practices for integrating ATLAS.ti into advanced qualitative research methods courses. During the spring, summer and the current fall 2013 semesters, students were required to use ATLAS.ti as a project management tool for their semester’s work in order to develop the skills they would need to continue its use during the thesis phase of their programs. In these courses students are typically engaged in independent field work projects, in which they are reviewing the literature, collecting data, transcribing, and/or engaging in data analysis. Each of these phases were conducted within ATLAS.ti ...


National Assessment Program : Information Communication And Technology Literacy : Year 6 And Year 10 : Technical Report 2005, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Chris Freeman, Martin Murphy Jul 2013

National Assessment Program : Information Communication And Technology Literacy : Year 6 And Year 10 : Technical Report 2005, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Chris Freeman, Martin Murphy

Martin Murphy

This report describes the technical aspects of the National ITC Literacy Sample Assessment and summarises the main activities involved in the data collection, the data collection instruments and the analysis and reporting of the data. Chapter 2 summarises the development of the assessment domain and describes the process of item development and construction of the instruments. Chapter 3 reviews the sample design and describes the sampling process. Chapter 3 also describes the process of weighting to derive population estimates. Chapter 4 summarises the field administration and data management procedures, including quality control and the cleaning and coding of the data ...


National Assessment Program : Information Communication And Technology Literacy : Year 6 And Year 10 : Technical Report 2005, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Chris Freeman, Martin Murphy Feb 2013

National Assessment Program : Information Communication And Technology Literacy : Year 6 And Year 10 : Technical Report 2005, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Chris Freeman, Martin Murphy

Chris Freeman

This report describes the technical aspects of the National ITC Literacy Sample Assessment and summarises the main activities involved in the data collection, the data collection instruments and the analysis and reporting of the data. Chapter 2 summarises the development of the assessment domain and describes the process of item development and construction of the instruments. Chapter 3 reviews the sample design and describes the sampling process. Chapter 3 also describes the process of weighting to derive population estimates. Chapter 4 summarises the field administration and data management procedures, including quality control and the cleaning and coding of the data ...


National Assessment Program : Information Communication And Technology Literacy : Year 6 And Year 10 : Technical Report 2005, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Chris Freeman, Martin Murphy Feb 2013

National Assessment Program : Information Communication And Technology Literacy : Year 6 And Year 10 : Technical Report 2005, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Chris Freeman, Martin Murphy

Dr John Ainley

This report describes the technical aspects of the National ITC Literacy Sample Assessment and summarises the main activities involved in the data collection, the data collection instruments and the analysis and reporting of the data. Chapter 2 summarises the development of the assessment domain and describes the process of item development and construction of the instruments. Chapter 3 reviews the sample design and describes the sampling process. Chapter 3 also describes the process of weighting to derive population estimates. Chapter 4 summarises the field administration and data management procedures, including quality control and the cleaning and coding of the data ...


National Assessment Program : Information Communication And Technology Literacy : Year 6 And Year 10 : Technical Report 2005, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Chris Freeman, Martin Murphy Feb 2013

National Assessment Program : Information Communication And Technology Literacy : Year 6 And Year 10 : Technical Report 2005, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Chris Freeman, Martin Murphy

Julian Fraillon

This report describes the technical aspects of the National ITC Literacy Sample Assessment and summarises the main activities involved in the data collection, the data collection instruments and the analysis and reporting of the data. Chapter 2 summarises the development of the assessment domain and describes the process of item development and construction of the instruments. Chapter 3 reviews the sample design and describes the sampling process. Chapter 3 also describes the process of weighting to derive population estimates. Chapter 4 summarises the field administration and data management procedures, including quality control and the cleaning and coding of the data ...


Evaluation System Design And Academic Performance Analysis Using Clustering And Simulation, Volkan Cakir Apr 2011

Evaluation System Design And Academic Performance Analysis Using Clustering And Simulation, Volkan Cakir

Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Theses & Dissertations

The starting point of this study was to understand the possible causes of evaluation system change in a military academic environment. With that motivation the objectives of this study were defined as examining student profiles in a military academy, establishing the nature of academic performance, comparing student groups that were identified by course scores, analyzing student performance changes over time and developing a manageable evaluation system and curriculum by comparing different scenarios.

An analysis was performed on the literature on academic performance prediction, cluster analysis methodologies and their development, and specifically summarized cluster analytic academic performance studies where these two ...


Critical Decisions In Research: Design, Practice, And Analysis, Imran Anjum Chaudary Dec 2010

Critical Decisions In Research: Design, Practice, And Analysis, Imran Anjum Chaudary

Dr Imran Anjum

No abstract provided.


Technical Report Of Brunei Nsscme 2008, Andrew Stephanou, Ling Tan Dec 2008

Technical Report Of Brunei Nsscme 2008, Andrew Stephanou, Ling Tan

Dr Ling Tan

A collaboration between ACER and the Ministry of Education in Brunei Darussalam aims to establish an assessment monitoring system in government schools, NSSCME (National Study of Student Competencies in Mathematics and English), and to assist in building test development and psychometrics capacity. ACER’s input is in the examination of the Brunei curriculum, development of assessment instruments in line with the curriculum, construction of reporting scales, and training of staff in item writing, marking, interpretation of results, educational measurement and use of data analysis software. A comprehensive workshop program for item writers, teachers and officers is being conducted both in ...


El Programa Internacional Para La Evaluación De Los Alumnos (Pisa). Una Perspectiva General, Ross Turner Feb 2006

El Programa Internacional Para La Evaluación De Los Alumnos (Pisa). Una Perspectiva General, Ross Turner

Ross Turner

This article provides a general overview of the PISA project with the aim of setting up an appropriate context for debating on some specific outcomes of the 2003 assessment survey. This general perspective focuses on the goals of the project, its participants, proce­dures and organisation, its major components and methodologies as well as on the precise ch­aracteristics of Mathematics in PISA, which was the main assessment subject in 2003. Similarly, a very brief summary on certain key outcomes of PISA 2003 assessment in Spain is also provided.


Sampling For National Surveys In Education, Martin Murphy, Wolfram Sculz Dec 2005

Sampling For National Surveys In Education, Martin Murphy, Wolfram Sculz

Martin Murphy

The aim of this paper is to provide PMRT and its subgroups with information about the sampling processes used in surveys conducted under its National Assessment Plan (NAP). The design of national surveys in education in recent years has been strongly influenced by the methodologies used in major international surveys, particularly TIMSS and PISA. In the discussion below, reference will be made to the methods used in these surveys, and their application in the context of Australian national surveys. The intention of this paper is to explain the major steps in the survey sampling process, the reasons for the methods ...