PAT Professional Learning

In 2019 ACER is offering a suite of accredited PAT Professional Learning courses for leaders and teachers of primary and secondary schools.

Each course aims to assist schools to progress through an effective implementation of PAT, starting from the school’s current experience. On successful completion of each course, participants will receive an ACER certificate of achievement.

Using and interpreting data in schools is a foundation level professional learning course that complements PAT Professional Learning.  The course is  focused on developing teachers’ expertise in using and interpreting different types of data in a school context. It is designed for teachers and school leaders who wish to build solid shared understandings and shared language about the kinds of data used in schools, the different ways in which data can be represented, and what they can tell teachers about student learning. 

 
PAT Professional Learning

How to choose your PAT Professional Learning

ACER is offering a series of courses to cater to schools in different phases of their PAT Professional Learning journey. The PAT Phases guide can help you assess your progress in implementing PAT testing across your school. Use the guide to find the appropriate course to help you take the next step.

Step 1  Choose the phase

Step 2  Choose the program

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  1. Phase 1: We are considering implementing PAT or we have PAT but haven't tested yet.
    • Professional learning programs available:

    • PAT workshops
    • PAT webinars
  2. Phase 2: We collect PAT data and it is available for analysis.
    • Professional learning program available:

    • Getting started with PAT
  3. Phase 3: We are beginning to use PAT data to modify our learning and teaching programs. We analyse PAT data and identify implications for practice.
    • Professional learning programs available:

    • Data-driven decisions
    • Getting ahead with PAT
  4. Phase 4: Our communications with peers, school leaders and parents are data-informed. We use PAT data to systematically modify our learning and teaching programs. We have established process for PAT data analysis.
    • Professional learning programs available:

    • Action research: Assessment
    • Graduate Certificate in Education: Assessment of Student Learning
  5. Phase 5: We evaluate and use data to continually refine our practice. We use PAT data to set meaningful targets for school improvement. Our modifications are flexible, dependent on the needs of the specific cohort, and data-driven. We have a peer-supported process for PAT data analysis and inducting new staff.
    • Professional learning programs available:

    • Action research: Assessment
    • Graduate Certificate in Education: Assessment of Student Learning

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