Thursday, 4 Aug 2005

MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release Thursday 4 August 2005 700 delegates to attend ACER Research Conference More than 700 researchers, policy makers and teachers from around Australia and overseas will meet in Melbourne next week to consider issues confronting Australian schools in the collection and use of data at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) tenth annual conference. Research Conference 2005, entitled Using Data to Support Learning, kicks off at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne on Monday 8 August with a keynote address by Dr Gage Kingsbury of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) in the United States. Research Conference 2005 is the largest conference undertaken by ACER. Three keynote addresses and 16 concurrent sessions will be delivered over the two day program. ACER chief executive and conference convenor Professor Geoff Masters said that the conference will examine international best-practice solutions to the issues faced by schools in using data. “The conference will identify future challenging and promising directions in the collection analysis and the use of data to support learning in schools,” Professor Masters said. “We are sure that the discussions from this research conference will make a major contribution to the national and international literature and debate on the use of data in schools.” Professor Masters will open the conference at 9.00am on Monday morning. It concludes Tuesday. ****************ENDS*************