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Research Developments from ACER


Quality & Standards


Australian report card: Time to address disadvantage is now

15 March 2017

Two major reports on student achievement confirm little change in the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students over the past 15 years.

Assessment, Quality & Standards, School

Higher Education

Measuring the engagement of online learners

28 February 2017

ACER is reviewing Australia’s survey of higher education students’ engagement with learning to better understand the experience of those who study off-campus. Darren Matthews reports.

Quality & Standards, Student Engagement, Higher Education

Higher Education

Understanding the postgraduate research experience

27 February 2017

Ali Radloff reports on work to review and possibly redevelop Australia’s annual survey of the experience and satisfaction of postgraduate research students.

Quality & Standards, Higher Education

Higher Education

Designing assessment for radiopharmaceutical scientist training

16 February 2017

ACER is working with radiopharmaceutical scientists to develop fit-for-purpose progressive assessment practices for a new training program, as Jacob Pearce explains.

Assessment, Quality & Standards, Higher Education


How we can ‘lift our game’ in schooling

02 February 2017

Improving outcomes in education may be achieved not by pursuing them directly, but as a ‘side-effect’ of an unwavering dedication to the larger educational purpose.

Assessment, Quality & Standards, Student Engagement, School


Counting the costs and benefits in transition to a digital world

25 January 2017

Juliette Mendelovits and Ling Tan compare the results of paper and online tests.

Assessment, Digital Learning, Literacy, Numeracy, Quality & Standards, School, International