Getting ahead with PAT (Online ACER Accreditation Course)

Recommended prior learning Using and interpreting data in schools.

AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers

This course focuses on Professional Standards:

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
3.1 Establish challenging learning goals
3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs
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 Proficient Highly accomplished appropriate for this level Lead appropriate for this level

Demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice. 

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.  Co-ordinate student performance and program evaluation using internal and external student assessment data to improve teaching practice.

This course is for participants from schools and educational systems who are currently using PAT and wish to deepen their knowledge, practice and staff capacity through a shared understanding of the PAT assessment suite. The focus of the course is on providing participants with an in-depth knowledge of the purpose of assessment, how to use PAT data to plan for learning, and how to promote a culture of professional learning. 

It is recommended that at least two participants per school undertake this course.

Course mode

Online:  Six hours online self-paced coursework plus 30 hours supported online learning community plus webinar and learning assurance task (four hours).

Course duration:  40 hours (includes trialling implementation plan)

Part 1:  Six hours online self-paced coursework: six hours.

Part 2: Supported online learning: 30 hours over approximately 20 weeks.

Part 3: Implementation plan (learning assurance task) and webinar: four hours.


$440 (incl. GST)

Intended learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of the PAT assessment suite and the role of PAT in a developmental model of teaching and learning and school improvement
  • design and trial an implementation plan using PAT.

Course in detail

The course is delivered in three parts.

Part 1:  Self-paced online learning: six hours

In Part 1 of the course, participants develop skills and knowledge about the purpose of assessment in a developmental approach.

Participants are introduced to key research relating to good assessment practice and an overview of the PAT assessment suite and scales. Participants engage in activities based on their own context to identify how they currently use PAT in their schools. Using a short case study as a model, participants are guided through a process to identify accurately which PAT phase their school is in.

Participants are then introduced to setting appropriate goals for their school and the online supported learning community.

Part 2:  Supported online learning: 100 hours (over 20 weeks or approximately two terms)

In Part 2 of the course, participants engage in a structured online professional learning community. The learning activities, expert facilitation and coaching are designed to support participants’ identified goals and implementation plans, encourage peer learning and develop sustainable professional networks.

Part 3:  Implementation plan (learning assurance task) and webinar: four hours

Part 3 of the course is a learning assurance task in the form of an implementation plan using PAT data. These tasks will be assessed by ACER experts. The live (recorded) webinar provides an opportunity for participants to share their implementation plans in a virtual celebration.

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

Date and location Presenter Cost Availability
7 May to 21 Sep 2018 | Online

$440 (includes GST) Register
23 Jul to 7 Dec 2018 | Online

$440 (includes GST) Register