TMERG SEMINAR 7: Dr. Katherine Dix & Mr. Marc Kralj: The Implementation of PAT in SA Schools


Date: Friday, 25th August 2017
Time:11:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Kevin Marjoribanks SMaRTE Room, Level 8 Nexus Building, Pulteney Street.

The Transdisciplinary Measurement and Evaluation Research Group (TMERG) has its origins in the School of Education, and provides an avenue for discussion and research collaboration in the field of measurement and evaluation across a number of Schools and Disciplines. Colleagues and postgraduate students (doctoral and master’s) in your School/Research Centres are invited to a seminars titled

SPEAKERS: Dr. Katherine Dix: ACER Senior Research Fellow, MPhil Science (University of Adelaide); BEd hons, BSc Hons, PhD
Education (Flinders University) & Mr. Marc Kralj: ACER Education Consultant

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ABSTRACT: ACER’s Progressive Achievement approach is used in thousands of schools in Australia and around the world. The approach focuses on assessing and monitoring student growth over time and is underpinned by an understanding that students of the same age and in the same year of school can be at very different points in their learning and development.

ACER’s approach is informed by a growth mindset – tailoring teaching to the needs of the individual learner to advance the progress of every student, regardless of their starting pint. In South Australia, all government schools, most catholic schools, and a growing number of Independent schools now use PAT Maths and Reading Comprehension. this seminar showcases the PAT tools and considers why and how schools are using PAT to improve the learning outcomes of their students.

BIOGRAPHY: DR KATHEINE DIX: Dr Dix is a Senior Research Fellow within the Educational Research and Monitoring division of ACER and is an Adjunct Academic at Flinders University. She brings diverse experience in project managing and evaluating national school based initiatives that focus on embedding whole -school well-being. Dr Dix has extensive experience in questionnaire design, large – scale survey implementation, and real-time reporting, along with expertise in many online survey platforms. She has designed numerous questionnaires for early childhood, school and higher education contexts, for data-driven improvement and for evaluation. Dr Dix has expertise in the use of statistical packages (e.e.g SPSS, MPLUS, HLM) and applies these skills using a wide range of multilevel and multivariate statistical modelling and reporting techniques.
MR. MARK KRALJ: Mr Kralj is an Education Consultant within the Assessment and Schools division of ACER. He has over thirty years of experience in government schools in South Australia. Mark’s leadership has included positions from principal to early childhood education, including expertise in special needs, data analysis, assessment and reporting and policy development. He has worked with  DECD where he held the position of Australian Curriculum facilitator and advisor to schools. Mark has been with the with the Australian Council for Educational Research since the beginning of 2016. he works with all schools across Australia, however, spends a majority of his time supporting the independent, government and catholic sectors in South Australia. Much of mark’s work is with assessments and resources in the areas of curriculum, special needs and well-being.

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