Are you interested in undertaking PhD research in an aspect of assessment, testing or psychometrics in education contexts? Two new scholarships are available and include a regular placement at NESA as part of the package.
There are two scholarships available, each funded at $30,000 pa for full time domestic students. Applications closed on Thursday 31 October 2019. The commencement date is negotiable (but as soon as possible).
Australian citizens, master's graduates or graduands with a substantial research component in (but not limited to) education, psychology, engineering or science, willing to undertake a regular placement with NESA at its Sydney CBD office working with the Executive Director of Assessment.
Please be aware that applying for the scholarship and a PhD are separate processes and that acceptance in one does not necessarily guarantee the other. It is highly recommended that you email Professor James Tognolini to discuss potential areas of research before applying.
We conduct research, teaching and consulting on the methodology and practice of educational measurement and assessment.
We welcome partnerships within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, with other centres within the University, and with other institutions, external organisations or companies. We have recently secured a partnership with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) in order to support teachers’ engagement with, and understanding of, assessment and the use of data to inform teaching and learning.
We offer innovative Master of Education units of study delievered entirely online that provide a basic introduction to what teachers need to know and do to assess effectively and maximise learning.
The Master of Education units have been divided into professional learning modules that have been endorsed by NESA at the Proficient stage. These are also delivered entirely online, allowing teachers to start and complete them at their own pace. Each provides between 4 and 6 hours of professional learning towards maintenance of accreditation. These are being assessed by the University for articulation to award programs.
The Centre for Educational Measurement and Assessment provides consultancy services, including:
This group comes together every 6-8 weeks and welcomes members of the education community who are involved in assessment, measurement and psychometric projects. Presentations in 2019 have included “Growth approaches to students’ academic development: findings and practice directions from a program of educational psychology research” by Professor Andrew J Martin; and “An update on how we are going about measuring student performance on the University of Sydney’s graduate qualities” by professors Peter McCallum and Jim Tognolini.
Tine Nielsen is Associate Professor, Psychometrics and Psychological Testing in the Department of Psychology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. During her visit she presented to the Educational Measurement Interest Group on the topic of “Student self-rating of grades on learning objectives: with students’ course evaluations and final course grades”.
We hosted five delegates from Beijing Institute of Education for a week-long academic exchange. The visitors were keen to discuss modern assessment theory including standards referencing, performance-based assessment, constructing rubrics for cognitive and non-cognitive skills and the way these assessment concepts were implemented in Australian schools. We would like to especially thank our academic staff and outside experts who gave their time and expertise to this exchange.
Presentation and Workshops for Beijing Huiji International Education on “How to assess higher order thinking skills and core competencies in the classroom” and “Non-cognitive assessment” in the Chaoyang District, Shingshan District and Beijing Institute of Education in China.
Presentation at 2nd University of Riau International Conference on Educational Sciences, Pekanbaru, Indonesia, on “Assessing skills and measuring performance of students on skills that are aligned with the needs of the 21st century: a practical example”.
Presented address to the 18th UNESCO-APEID (Asia-Pacific Programme of Education Innovation for Development) Conference, Bangkok: A way to think about measuring transversal, co-scholastic and all those difficult values, attitudes and skills that now punctuate modern curricula around the world.
Keynote presentations in Dalian, China