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Underwood, Catherine – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2021
The most recent OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey enables educators, policy makers and the wider community to compare Australian students with each other, as well as with their counterparts across the world. PISA measures the extent to which 15-year-old students near the end of compulsory education have acquired the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Reading, Student Attitudes
Australian Council for Educational Research, 2020
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is one of the world's leading educational research centres. Since it was established in 1930, ACER has built a strong reputation as a provider of reliable support and expertise to education policymakers and professional practitioners. Each year, ACER is involved in a large number of research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Achievement Tests, International Assessment
Thomson, Sue – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2018
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is a large-scale comparison of the reading performance of Year 4 students in 50 countries, and Year 4 was chosen because it is the point in schooling where most students transition from 'learning to read' to 'reading to learn'. As the essential nature of their relationship with reading…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Gender Differences, Student Attitudes, Achievement Tests
Masters, Geoff N. – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2016
There is no shortage of challenges in school education. Some of the biggest challenges we face can appear frustratingly intractable. Despite reform efforts, regular government reviews and ongoing calls for change, progress in addressing our most significant challenges is often slow and solutions continue to elude us. In this paper Professor Geoff…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Underachievement
Walker, Maurice – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2015
Monitoring educational development in the early years of schooling is vital if practitioners, and policy makers, are to support students' learning, but the assessment of student achievement in developing countries can be a logistical headache. Maurice Walker reports on an innovative approach to assessment using tablets that is addressing that.
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Handheld Devices, Computer Assisted Testing, Student Evaluation
Lumley, Tom; Mendelovits, Juliette; Stanyon, Rachel; Turner, Ross; Walker, Maurice – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2015
In 2012, the Ministry of Education, Afghanistan, engaged the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) as a partner to support the development of a national learning assessment program in Afghanistan. To achieve this goal, the Learning Assessment unit of the Ministry of Education and ACER have collaborated to design and implement the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Assessment, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis
Meiers, Marion; Khoo, Siek Toon; Rowe, Ken; Stephanou, Andrew; Anderson, Prue; Nolan, Kathy – Australian Council for Educational Research, 2006
The development of strong foundational literacy and numeracy skills for all students is a very high priority for schools, education systems and governments. The ways in which children develop these skills during the crucial years of primary education are of major interest to all concerned with students' learning and development. The ACER…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Gender Differences, Academic Achievement, Numeracy
Australian Council for Educational Research, 2005
"Research Highlights" is an annual publication documenting developments in the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)'s research programs for the previous year. The 2005 edition highlights research on the following themes: (1) Improving outcomes for Indigenous students; (2) Understanding transitions from school to adulthood;…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Indigenous Populations, Cultural Pluralism, Student Diversity
Frigo, Tracey; Corrigan, Matthew; Adams, Isabelle; Hughes, Paul; Stephens, Maria; Woods, Davina – ACER Press (Australian Council for Educational Research), 2003
Despite some improvements over time, national statistics point to a continuing gap in the average English literacy and numeracy achievement of Australian indigenous students when compared with non-indigenous students. A longitudinal study by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has been monitoring growth in the English literacy…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Academic Achievement, Numeracy, Cultural Pluralism