Data-Driven Decisions: PAT
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Data-Driven Decisions: PAT
ACER Accredited Online Course
This course is for educators, teachers and educational leaders who seek to use Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) data as a diagnostic tool to make informed decisions about teaching and learning in the classroom. The different types of PAT reports are analysed and interpreted to inform modification of teaching and learning programs for individual students, groups and classes. The implications for teaching practice are evaluated. Participants will need to have access to individual and class-level reports through OARS.
Data-Driven Decisions: 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 3.
To do this course you need to be familiar with:
- Developmental approaches to assessment
- Scale scores and how they are used in PAT
- Percentiles and stanines, and their limitations in understanding student achievement
- Bands and Band descriptions
- Generating, reading and sorting PAT reports: Group reports, Bands reports, and Individual reports.
A fully facilitated course
ACER-accredited online courses provide a highly interactive experience supported by an 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 among participants through building and conveying knowledge and modelling relevant skills.
Recommended prior learning
Getting started with PAT ACER accredited online 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:
- Analyse and critically evaluate a range of PAT data and reports;
- Identify teaching strategies that differentiate learning for different students/groups; and
- Use PAT data to target learning needs of different students and groups.
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.
This course is targeted to the teaching levels indicated in the table below.
|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
The course is delivered online and consists of modules and one assessment. The modules are interactive, and participants work through examples and activities to build skills and knowledge.
The content explains how to select a report and interpret the data it contains. Participants will learn how to select a strand and analyse band scales. Participants will scrutinise learning progressions in order to determine how to sequence purposeful, differentiated teaching strategies to improve student learning. Participants will then be required to apply this knowledge in their own context.
Standard courses are 12 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 task
Design a targeted learning sequence that differentiates learning for all students and groups.
On successful completion of the course, participants will receive an ACER certificate of achievement.
Course mode: Online
Course duration: 12 hours over 10 weeks
Resources: Participants need to have access to PAT and the OARS system
Cost: $330.00 (including GST) (Note: price increases in 2021)
For further information please contact the Student Administrator
ph: +61 3 9277 5202