Graduate School of Education

Educational measurement

 

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Educational measurement refers to the analysis of data obtained from educational assessments to infer the abilities and proficiencies of students.

The approaches overlap with those in psychometrics, which at UWA includes the use and study of Rasch measurement theory.

There is a focus within this area on assessment in literacy and numeracy, featuring publications which have had considerable impact on state and national educational policy and curriculum developments. The University’s expertise in educational measurement and Rasch measurement theory is of international standing and has directly supported Australian education leaders in their efforts to improve the quality of education and learning.

The analysis of the high profile National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data have been carried out for the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), in conjunction with Pearson, by scholars in the School. The appointment in 2007 of a Chair in Education as the Director of the Pearson Psychometrics Laboratory strengthened the teaching, publication and external research funding activities of this group of researchers.

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