BSc (Hons), PhD Monash, Dip Ed Melb
Dr John Lindsey is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research in the Assessment and Reporting research program.
He is currently project director of the Selective High Schools Test for the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, which each year has tests in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and General Ability for Year 6 students. He is also directing the Validation Study of ACT Curriculum Framework for ACT Department of Education and Training.
In 2002, Dr Lindsey was part of a team developing student progress maps for the Western Australia Department of Education and Training. This project compared student outcome statements from curriculum documents with descriptors of student test performance for some strands of mathematics and science and made recommendations for modifications to the outcome statements. A literature search and report on Numeracy Learning and Teaching in Victorian Schools was completed in 2006 for the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
He has taken part in a variety of curriculum development and evaluation studies including, in 2000, an evaluation of the New Zealand Assessment Resource Banks' Methodology for the New Zealand Ministry of Education, then in 2001, an evaluation of the New Zealand School Entry Assessment in mathematics.
As a mathematics and science test developer he has made major contributions to a variety of programs including the New South Wales Basic Skills Testing Program (mathematics for Years 3 and 6, 1989-1992), the Western Australian Monitoring Standards in Education program (Year 3 mathematics, 1992, Years 3, 7 and 10 science, 1997, Years 3, 7 and 10, 2002), the Queensland Aspects of Numeracy Tests (Years 3, 5, 7 mathematics, 1999 and 2000) and the ongoing ACER Cooperative Scholarships Testing Program (mathematics and science for Years 6, 8 and 10).
He has also been involved in test development for programs including the Queensland Core Skills Test (Year 12 mathematics), the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (physics for university graduates), the Victorian Learning Assessment Project (mathematics for Years 3 and 5) and the Queensland Year 6 Test (mathematics, 1996). In 1997 and 1998 he was part of a team developing mathematics and science materials for use in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2000) project, an international study of the reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy of 15-year-olds.
Dr Lindsey has also directed a variety of projects, including, in 1993-94, the development of test materials in Physics, Specialist Mathematics, General Mathematics and Science at Population 3 (final year of secondary school) for the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). In 1999 he directed a project funded by the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs comparing the Australian draft Year 7 Numeracy benchmarks to similar documents from other countries and to countries' performance on the mathematics items in TIMSS. In 2004 he co-directed the major revision and renorming of the Progressive Achievement Tests in Mathematics, now available from ACER Press as PATMaths Third Edition. By linking the PATMaths data to the I Can Do Maths tests, PATMaths now provides a measure of student achievement in mathematics from Year 2 to Year 10.
Dr Lindsey joined ACER in 1989 with 13 years experience as a mathematics teacher at all levels of secondary school.
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