Australian Certificate of Education: report and recommendations

Australian Certificate of Education: report and recommendations

Friday, 5 May 2006

A single Australian Certificate of Education (ACE) to replace the current ‘dog’s breakfast’ of curriculum and assessment arrangements in the final years of secondary school across Australia is the main recommendation of a new report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) commissioned by the Federal Government. The report, Australian Certificate of Education: Exploring a way forward was released by Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop today.

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More strategic thinking needed on the use of data in schools

More strategic thinking needed on the use of data in schools

Friday, 5 May 2006

Although there has been an increase in the amount of information collected from and about Australian schools, this information is not always being used effectively to enhance learning according to a new report released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

According to the latest edition of the Australian Education Review, Using Data to Support Learning in Schools: Students, Teachers, Systems, better use of research evidence and data are required at all levels of the education system.

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Release of TIMSS Video 1999 Science Study

Release of TIMSS Video 1999 Science Study

Wednesday, 5 Apr 2006

The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study investigated and described Year 8 Science teaching in Australia, Japan, The Czech Republic and The Netherlands, all of which achieved relatively highly in the TIMSS 1995 and 1999 written assessments, and The United States, which achieved at average level only. The report will be officially released at 00:01 on Wednesday 5 April 2006.

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ACER Brisbane office now open

ACER Brisbane office now open

Thursday, 23 Mar 2006

ACER's Brisbane office was officially opened on 23 March by chief executive Professor Geoff Masters. The office is headed by Professor Gabrielle Matters, who joined ACER in October 2005 as a Principal Research Fellow. Ms Karen Elvish joins Professor Matters in the Brisbane office as Education Sales Consultant for ACER's Professional Resources Division including Assessment Services programs and ACER Press. Gabrielle and Karen will work to establish a greater presence for ACER in Queensland. The office is located at unit 9, 541 Boundary Road, Spring Hill. Phone (07) 3831 2769 Fax (07) 3831 9900.

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Australian research resources available from EdNA Online

Australian research resources available from EdNA Online

Monday, 6 Mar 2006

Educators, researchers and students will have increased access to a wide range of educational and research resources from 6 March following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between EdNA Online and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to link their databases. The two organisations will collaborate on the delivery of information services, which will enable the sharing of knowledge, research and learning content.

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