PAT data analysis; learning domains; teaching strategies
Date Location Presenter(s) Cost Availability
15 Oct to 21 Dec 2018 Online
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11 Feb to 19 Apr 2019 Online
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6 May to 19 Jul 2019 Online
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29 Jul to 11 Oct 2019 Online
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14 Oct to 20 Dec 2019 Online
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Getting started with PAT (Online ACER Accredited Course)

This course is intended for educators who have limited knowledge of PAT. This course explains PAT terminology, describes the purpose of all aspects of PAT reports, and uses case studies to give practical teaching strategies to improve student learning.

Recommended prior learning

There is no recommended prior learning for this course.

Intended learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Use and understand PAT terminology
  • Unpack PAT reports.

AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers

This course focuses on Professional Standard 5.4 Interpret student data, at the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher levels.

Recommended prior learning:  There is no recommended prior learning for this course

AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers

This course focuses on Professional 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

This course is delivered in online mode and consists of one Module and one learning assurance task (unpack PAT reports). The module is interactive and participants work through examples and activities to build skills and knowledge. 

The content explains PAT terminology and theory. Participants will learn about the different types of PAT reports, and how to interpret the data they contain. Participants will then be required to apply this knowledge to 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.

Learning assurance task

Analyse a PAT report with reference to three students.

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

Delivery mode:  Online

Time and duration: 6 hours of online coursework, 14 hours of practical application of course content over approximately 10 weeks. For course start dates, please refer to our website:

Resources:  All resources are included in the course.