analysing PAT data; learning progressions; differentiated learning
Date Location Presenter(s) Cost Availability
14 Oct to 20 Dec 2019 Online
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3 Feb to 10 Apr 2020 Online
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20 Apr to 26 Jun 2020 Online
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Data-driven decisions: PAT (ACER Online accredited course)

This course is for educators who want to dig deeper into their PAT data to make informed decisions around their teaching. Through case studies and other learning activities, participants will learn how to use PAT data to plan and implement differentiated learning in the classroom for student success.

Recommended prior learning

Getting Started with PAT ACER accredited professional learning course.

Intended learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • analyse and critically evaluate a range of PAT reports
  • identify teaching strategies that differentiate learning for different students/groups
  • use PAT data to develop a targeted learning sequence that differentiates learning for different students and groups.


AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers

This course focuses on Professional Standard 5: Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning at the Proficient, Highly-Accomplished and Lead Teacher level, particularly Professional Standard 5.4. Interpret student data.

Graduate Proficient 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 in online mode and consists of one Module and one learning assurance task (using PAT data to design a targeted lesson plan). The module is 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.

This course has a dedicated facilitator to support participants. Participants can also ask specific questions to PAT subject matter experts. Participants can log on to access the course at their own convenience, and can engage in asynchronous discussions about the content.

On completion of the course, participants will be able to join the ACER online Professional Learning Community to access further information pertinent to educator best practice, discuss current professional issues with ACER staff and other Professional Learning graduates, and share their practices in a professional network.

The Learning Assurance Task is to 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.

Delivery mode: Online

Time and duration: 6 hours' online coursework, 14 hours' practical application of course content over approximately 10 weeks.

Resources: All resources are included in the course.

For further information please contact the Student Administrator
ph: +61 3 9277 5202