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Improving confidence in expert judgements in medical specialty examinations

22 May 2018

ACER is helping to set performance standards and improve examiner consistency in examinations for medical specialty colleges, report Daniel Urbach and Jacob Pearce.

Assessment, Higher Education, Vocational & Adult

School
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Hidden PIRLS – what else do the data reveal?

16 May 2018

The results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) make headlines with each release. But what else can the data tell us about Australia’s relationship with reading, asks Sue Thomson in Teacher.

Assessment, Literacy, School

School
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What is the Gonski model for schools?

11 May 2018

The recent Gonski report calls for a new model of school education. What might that look like, asks Geoff Masters in Teacher.

Assessment, Evaluation, Literacy, Numeracy, Quality & Standards, School

Higher Education
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Assessing aptitude for tertiary study

01 May 2018

Appropriate university admissions depend on more information about students than their academic performance, as Marita MacMahon Ball and Shelley McLean explain.

Assessment, Higher Education

School
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Gathering student feedback on teaching quality

10 April 2018

Great teachers are always looking for ways to improve their practice, and the best source of feedback – their students – is right there in the classroom, says ACER Principal Research Fellow Dr Lawrence Ingvarson in Teacher.

Assessment, Quality & Standards, Student Engagement, Survey, School

School
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The future of school reports

04 April 2018

School reports are an important but imperfect means of communicating progress. Recent efforts to make reports more meaningful appear to have helped but more could be done, write Hilary Hollingsworth and Jonathan Heard in Teacher.

Assessment, Evaluation, School