Getting Started with PAT

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Getting Started with PAT  

ACER Accredited Online Course


This course is for educators, teachers, leaders and educational administrators who are new to Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) or who are seeking to refresh their understanding of foundational aspects of PAT. In this introductory course, theories and concepts that underpin PAT are examined. PAT scoring systems are explained, and a range of PAT reports are explored. Participants will analyse data and apply their learning within their professional educational contexts.  

Getting Started with PAT is suitable for participants who are working in schools that have purchased PAT. For schools progressing through the Progressive Achievement Learning Series, this course aligns with Phase 2. 

A fully facilitated course 

ACER accredited online courses are a high-touch experience supported by an accredited and experienced facilitator. The course design encourages interaction and collaboration in conjunction with appropriate and effective pedagogies. The online facilitator in your course will promote interaction and communication between participants through the modelling, conveying and building of knowledge and skills.  

Recommended prior learning 

There is no recommended prior learning for this course. 

This course is for educators who are working in schools that administer the online Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) to students.

Intended learning outcomes 

Participants will be able to: 

  • Use PAT terminology to discuss the theory and concepts that underpin PAT;  
  • Evaluate different types of PAT reports for use for a range of purposes; and   
  • Apply the knowledge and skills in this course within professional contexts.   


AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers

This course focuses on Professional Standard 5 at the Graduate, Proficient, Highly Accomplished and Lead levels.

This course focuses on Professional Standard 5: Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning, particularly Professional Standard 5.4. Interpret student data

Graduate appropriate for this level Proficient appropriate for this level Highly accomplished appropriate for this level Lead appropriate for this level

Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning. 

Use student assessment data to analyse and evaluate student understanding of subject/content, identifying interventions and modifying teaching practice. 

Work with colleagues to use data from internal and external student assessments for evaluating learning and teaching, identifying interventions and modifying teaching practice.  Coordinate student performance and program evaluation using internal and external student assessment data to improve teaching practice.


Course in detail 

This course is delivered online and consists of a number of modules and two assessments. 

The course lessons are interactive, and participants work through examples and activities to build skills and knowledge.  

The content explains PAT terminology and theory. Participants will learn about four different types of PAT reports and how to read them. Participants will then be required to apply this knowledge to their own school context. 

Standard courses are 10 hours over 10 weeks. However, we will be happy to run tailored intensive courses to suit individual schools. Please contact us to discuss details.

Learning assurance tasks 

1. PAT concepts and terminology: Participants will undertake a multiple-choice task to consolidate their understanding of PAT concepts and terminology. 

2. Understanding PAT reports: Participants will generate and analyse two different reports for one group of students and an Individual Report for one student. 

On successful completion of the course, participants will receive an ACER certificate of achievement. 

Course mode:  Online 

Course duration:  10 hours over 10 weeks

Resources:  Participants need to have access to PAT and the OARS system 

Cost:  $220.00 (including GST) (Note: price increases in 2021)

Date and location Presenter Cost Availability
5 Oct to 11 Dec 2020 | Online

$220 (incl. GST) Registrations are closed.
25 Jan to 2 Apr 2021 | Online

$330 (incl. GST) Register
19 Apr to 25 Jun 2021 | Online

$330 (incl. GST) Register