Analysis and dissemination

The GEM Centre aims to disseminate research and resources that will support the understanding and use of large-scale assessments in education decision-making.

Large-Scale Assessment Handbook

Researchers in the GEM Centre and ACER have written a book that will serve as a "how-to" guide on the implementation of large-scale assessments. This guide aims to improve the quality of current and future assessment programs by detailing considerations and issues that confront both researchers and policymakers. The Large-Scale Assessment Handbook will be published by Wiley in 2017.

Large-scale assessments: Effects on education systems

The GEM Centre edited and contributed to a special journal issue in Research Papers in Education by Taylor and Francis. The issue examines the link between large-scale assessments and education policy through in-depth case studies and policy analysis from the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Middle East. For more information see ACER’s Research Developments.

Further research on important policy issues in education

The GEM Centre is also addressing policy issues in education where there is an identified need for further research in low and middle income contexts through the dissemination of GEM research and secondary data analyses. GEM’s contributions in this area include the identification of effective school leadership practices for educational quality in Zimbabwe primary schools as part of an evaluation of UNICEF’s Education Transition Fund, as well as a current secondary data analysis of UNESCO’s LLECE regional assessment program to examine mother-tongue instruction and learning outcomes for students. The work will continue to support and conduct research that addresses the assessment-policy nexus as well as contribute robust evidence to identified educational issues.