Using PAT Reading for Action Research: from admin to impact ACER (Online ACER Accredited Course)

This course is for participants from schools and educational systems who already have established processes for PAT data analysis, and who wish to deepen their knowledge and practice related to PAT-R Comprehension assessment and use PAT data to inform teaching and student learning through an action research approach.

Recommended prior learning:  Getting ahead with PAT. 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.

Australian Qualifications Framework

The learning outcomes for this course are mapped to the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8 which means that it can be used as evidence for credit into relevant postgraduate qualifications.

Course mode

Online: Six hours online coursework plus 100 hours supported online learning community plus webinar and learning assurance task (four hours)

Course duration: 110 hours (includes action research)

Part 1: Online self-paced coursework: six hours

Part 2: Supported online learning: 100 hours over approximately 20 weeks.

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

Registration: $990 (incl. GST)

Intended learning outcomes

Participants will be able to :

  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of the PAT-R Comprehension assessment
  • interpret and evaluate PAT-R Comprehension data to inform teaching and learning sequences with the aim of improving students reading comprehension skills.
  • design and implement an action research project using PAT data.

Course in detail

The course is delivered in three parts:

Part 1: Self-paced online learning: six hours

In Part 1 or the course, participants develop skills and knowledge to interpret the PAT-R Comprehension 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-R Comprehension scale.

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

Using the PAT Teaching Resources Centre as exemplars, participants learn how these 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.

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

In Part 2, 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. Participants are 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 which has used PAT-R Comprehension 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. Participants are walked through good design and implementation of classroom-based action research and how to write a good action research report. 

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.

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

$990 (including GST) Register
23 Jul to 7 Dec 2018 | Online

$990 (including GST) Register