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Assessing And Understanding Social And Emotional Skills: The Oecd Study On Social And Emotional Skills, Sue Thomson Aug 2019

Assessing And Understanding Social And Emotional Skills: The Oecd Study On Social And Emotional Skills, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

In an increasingly fast-changing and diverse world, the importance of developing social and emotional skills is becoming more evident. The large body of accumulated evidence shows that these skills have strong relationships with life outcomes and they have been referred to as a key component of 21st century skills. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Study on Social and Emotional Skills is a new international assessment of these skills in students at primary and secondary schools. This study also gathers information on students’ families, schools and community learning contexts, aiming to provide information about the conditions or practices ...


Pisa 2015: Financial Literacy In Australia, Sue Thomson, Lisa De Bortoli May 2017

Pisa 2015: Financial Literacy In Australia, Sue Thomson, Lisa De Bortoli

Dr Sue Thomson

The main focus of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) financial literacy assessment is on measuring the proficiency of 15-year-old students in demonstrating and applying the knowledge and skill that they have learned in and out of school. Like other PISA domains, financial literacy is assessed using an instrument designed to provide data that are valid, reliable and interpretable. PISA is an international comparative assessment of student achievement directed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). PISA measures how well 15-year-olds, who are nearing the end of their compulsory schooling in most participating educational systems, are prepared ...


Session H: Pisa: Behind The Headlines And Past The Rankings, Sue Thomson, Chris Wardlaw Aug 2015

Session H: Pisa: Behind The Headlines And Past The Rankings, Sue Thomson, Chris Wardlaw

Dr Sue Thomson

Whenever the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are announced, media headlines are full of reports about rankings, about how many countries Australia is outperformed by and outperforms. In early rounds of PISA, Australia ranked among the top 10 countries across all three education domains assessed. However, over time Australia’s position has declined, rather than improved, and Australia no longer sits in the top 10 of any of the assessed domains. This presentation will go behind the headlines and past the rankings, to look at where Australia has declined, and look at how we can improve ...


Australia’S Performance In Pisa And Piaac – Key Messages For Education And Training, Sue Thomson, Dave Tout Apr 2014

Australia’S Performance In Pisa And Piaac – Key Messages For Education And Training, Sue Thomson, Dave Tout

Dr Sue Thomson

No abstract provided.


Reading Between The Lines. What’S The Story With Reading Literacy? Where To Next?, Sue Thomson Apr 2014

Reading Between The Lines. What’S The Story With Reading Literacy? Where To Next?, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

No abstract provided.


Australia’S Performance In Pisa And Piaac – Key Messages For Education And Training, Sue Thomson, Dave Tout Apr 2014

Australia’S Performance In Pisa And Piaac – Key Messages For Education And Training, Sue Thomson, Dave Tout

Dr Sue Thomson

No abstract provided.


Unfinished Business : Pisa Shows Indigenous Youth Are Being Left Behind, Tony Dreise, Sue Thomson Feb 2014

Unfinished Business : Pisa Shows Indigenous Youth Are Being Left Behind, Tony Dreise, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

The latest international assessment of students’ mathematical, scientific and reading literacy – the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – shows that the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students has remained the same for the last decade. In short, Indigenous 15-yearolds remain approximately two-and-a-half years behind their non-Indigenous peers in schooling.

This essay provides a précis of the results and analysis of some of the issues; it compares Indigenous performance in 2012 with that from previous PISA cycles; and discusses a range of implications for policy and practice.


Pisa In Brief : Highlights From The Full Australian Report : Pisa 2012 : How Australia Measures Up, Sue Thomson, Lisa De Bortoli, Sarah Buckley Dec 2013

Pisa In Brief : Highlights From The Full Australian Report : Pisa 2012 : How Australia Measures Up, Sue Thomson, Lisa De Bortoli, Sarah Buckley

Dr Sue Thomson

PISA is a survey that measures the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds, who are near the end of compulsory schooling in most participating education systems. PISA in Brief summarises the results from the PISA 2012 assessment of students’ mathematical, scientific and reading literacy skills. It tells us about how students performed in the assessment and describes some wider findings about what lies behind their results.


A Teacher's Guide To Pisa Reading Literacy, Sue Thomson, Kylie Hillman, Lisa De Bortoli Sep 2013

A Teacher's Guide To Pisa Reading Literacy, Sue Thomson, Kylie Hillman, Lisa De Bortoli

Dr Sue Thomson

This report focuses on Australian students' performance on the PISA items that have been released in reading literacy. It includes an overview of the PISA Reading Framework, Australia's results in the PISA 2009 international assessment , examples of responses and marking guides, and the context behind achievement, e.g. enjoyment of reading, how often they read and high-level strategies for learning.


Challenges For Australian Education, Sue Thomson Aug 2012

Challenges For Australian Education, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

Sue Thompson asks if Australia’s above average but declining performance in an international study of reading, mathematics and scientific literacy should be cause for concern.


Examining The Consequences For Year 12 Course Choices, Sue Thomson Sep 2010

Examining The Consequences For Year 12 Course Choices, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

At the end of secondary school, most students complete a Year 12 certificate. The subjects that students choose to study for this certificate can have a major influence on the educational and career options open to them after finishing school. Dr Sue Thomson explains how particular subjects or subject combinations are more likely to act as gateways to higher education or to vocational education and training, while other combinations are more likely to lead to the workforce.


Examining The Evidence: Science Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming Sep 2010

Examining The Evidence: Science Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming

Dr Sue Thomson

In Australia, 10030 students in 414 schools participated in the main sample of TIMSS 2002/03. Results are reported as average scores with the standard error, as distributions of scores, and as percentages of students who attain the international benchmarks, for countries and specific groups of students within Australia.


Science Achievement In Australia : Evidence From National And International Surveys., Sue Thomson Sep 2010

Science Achievement In Australia : Evidence From National And International Surveys., Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

What can be said about science achievement in Australian schools? Does it really need a boost? Is science education in Australia engaging and motivating, or is the curriculum irrelevant and students disinterested? Are there particular issues for Indigenous students? Within the National Testing Program, Australia participates in two major international studies with a partial focus on science: the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), conducted with Year 4 and Year 8 students conducted with 15-year-old students. In addition, the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) program provides evidence about the outcomes of education, and the TIMSS Science Video ...


Contextual Factors That Influence The Achievement Of Australia’S Indigenous Students: Results From Pisa 2000–2006, Lisa De Bortoli, Sue Thomson May 2010

Contextual Factors That Influence The Achievement Of Australia’S Indigenous Students: Results From Pisa 2000–2006, Lisa De Bortoli, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

Results from international programs that assess the skills and knowledge of young people have indicated that Australia’s Indigenous students perform at a significantly lower level than non- Indigenous students. An in-depth comparison of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students’ performance on the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA) across three cycles is provided in an accompanying volume to this report, while the current report provides an understanding of how various aspects of students’ background and psychological constructs relate to each other and to student performance. Chapters 2 through 5 each focus on a different group of potential influences on the performance ...


Pathways From School To Further Education Or Work : Examining The Consequences Of Year 12 Course Choices, Sue Thomson May 2010

Pathways From School To Further Education Or Work : Examining The Consequences Of Year 12 Course Choices, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

Particular subjects or subject combinations are traditionally more likely to act as gateways to higher education or to vocational education and training, while other combinations are more likely to lead to the workforce or perhaps to unemployment. In general, tertiary or vocational qualifications facilitate the transition to work, and graduates earn significantly more than those who enter the workforce directly from school. However, some groups of students are less likely to participate in further education and training, including low achievers and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The literature has pointed to differences in curriculum participation according to background variables such ...


Pisa 2003 Australia : Ict Use And Familiarity At School And Home, Sue Thomson, Lisa De Bortoli May 2010

Pisa 2003 Australia : Ict Use And Familiarity At School And Home, Sue Thomson, Lisa De Bortoli

Dr Sue Thomson

No abstract provided.


Highlights From Timss From Australia's Perspective: Highlights From The Full Australian Reports From The Trends In International Mathematics And Science Study 2002/03, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming May 2010

Highlights From Timss From Australia's Perspective: Highlights From The Full Australian Reports From The Trends In International Mathematics And Science Study 2002/03, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming

Dr Sue Thomson

No abstract provided.


Exploring Scientific Literacy, Sue Thomson May 2010

Exploring Scientific Literacy, Sue Thomson

Dr Sue Thomson

Australia has a world-class education system, according to the latest results from the Programme for International Student Assessment, as Sue Thomson explains. In 2006, more than 14 000 15-yearold students from 356 schools across Australia took part in the third cycle of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Schools were randomly selected from all schools in Australia and about 50 students were randomly selected for participation in each school. These students represented Australia in what has become known as the world’s biggest assessment, with a total of 400 000 students in 57 countries participating in PISA 2006, including ...


Examining The Evidence: Science Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming May 2010

Examining The Evidence: Science Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming

Dr Sue Thomson

In Australia, 10030 students in 414 schools participated in the main sample of TIMSS 2002/03. Results are reported as average scores with the standard error, as distributions of scores, and as percentages of students who attain the international benchmarks, for countries and specific groups of students within Australia.


Informing Science Pedagogy: Timss 2007 Australia And The World, Sue Thomson, Sarah Buckley May 2010

Informing Science Pedagogy: Timss 2007 Australia And The World, Sue Thomson, Sarah Buckley

Dr Sue Thomson

The main goal of TIMSS is to assist countries to monitor and evaluate their mathematics and science teaching across time and across year levels. TIMSS has a curriculum focus.

This report aims to provide teachers with more detailed information on Australian students’ capabilities in science in terms of the TIMSS assessment. A detailed assessment of Australian students’ performance can be found in the full report that was written to inform the educational community about Australian students’ performance on national and international scales.


Timss 2007: Taking A Closer Look At Mathematics And Science In Australia, Sue Thomson, Nicole Wernert, Catherine Underwood, Marina Nicholas May 2010

Timss 2007: Taking A Closer Look At Mathematics And Science In Australia, Sue Thomson, Nicole Wernert, Catherine Underwood, Marina Nicholas

Dr Sue Thomson

The Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS 2007) is the latest in a series of international studies of mathematics and science, conducted under the aegis of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The goal of TIMSS is to provide comparative information about educational achievement across countries to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science. TIMSS measures trends in mathematics and science achievement at Year 4 and Year 8, as well as monitoring curricular implementation. Conducted on a regular four-year cycle, TIMSS has assessed mathematics and science in 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007. In addition ...


Summing It Up : Mathematics Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming May 2010

Summing It Up : Mathematics Achievement In Australian Schools In Timss 2002, Sue Thomson, Nicole Fleming

Dr Sue Thomson

This document analyses and interprets the Australian data collected as part of the TIMSS study for Year 4 and Year 8 students.