Using PAT Maths for Action Research

This course is for participants from schools and educational systems in PAT phases 4–5 who wish to deepen their knowledge and practice related to PAT Maths assessment and use PAT data to inform teaching and student learning through an action research approach.

Recommended prior learning:  Developing PAT Schools. Using and interpreting data in schools.

AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers

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 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.

Course mode

Blended: Six hours face-to-face seminar plus 20 hours supported online learning community plus webinar and learning assurance task


Online:  Six hours online coursework plus 20 hours supported online learning community plus webinar and learning assurance task

Course duration:  100 hours (includes action research)

Part 1: Face-to-face seminar or online coursework: six hours

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

Part 3. Action research report (learning assurance task) and webinar: four hours

Registration: $990 (incl. GST) includes PAT Essentials Kit

Intended learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of the PAT Maths assessment
  • interpret and evaluate PAT Maths data to inform teaching and learning sequences with the aim of improving students' mathematics skills
  • design and implement an action research project using PAT data

Course in detail

The course is delivered in three parts.

Part 1: Face-to-face seminar or online coursework: six hours

In Part 1 of the course, participants develop skills and knowledge to interpret the PAT Maths scale and develop their understanding of a developmental continuum. This detailed understanding will help teachers to understand how progression and growth is described within PAT Maths scale.

Participants use a set of collected, analysed and interpreted PAT Maths data to develop their understandings of PAT Maths reports. They will learn to make informed generalisations about PAT Maths data and identify what teachers need to know and be able to do to improve students’ mathematics skills.

Using PAT Teaching Resources Centre exemplars, participants learn how research-based teaching and learning tasks are designed and develop understanding of how to apply the same principles to the design of targeted teaching and learning sequences in their schools.

Participants are then introduced to the purpose, theory and practice of classroom-based action research as a model for continuous, evidence-based improvement. A case study of a school that has used PAT Maths data and an action research approach to improve student learning outcomes provide a framework for developing participants’ skills and knowledge in designing an action research project in their own schools.   

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

In Part 2 of the course, participants engage in structured online professional learning community. The learning activities, expert facilitation and coaching are designed to support participants’ school-based action research projects, encourage peer learning and develop sustainable professional networks.

Part 3: Action research report (learning assurance task) and webinar: 4 hours

Part 3 of the course is a learning assurance task in the form of an action research report. These reports will be assessed by ACER experts. The live (recorded) webinar provides an opportunity for participants to share their action research projects in a virtual celebration.

Participants are encouraged to submit their work for presentation at the annual Excellence in Professional Practice Conference (EPPC). 

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

Date and location Presenter Cost Availability
22 May 2017 | Online

$990 (including GST) Register