Media releases

ACER head calls for national action plan

Thursday, 12 May 2016

A national action plan agreed by Commonwealth, state and territory governments is urgently required if Australia is to arrest declining performances in schools. 

Close the gender gap; build the future STEM workforce

Thursday, 14 Apr 2016

Understanding how gender affects participation and achievement in mathematics can help educators close Australia’s gender gap in maths education, according to a report released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). 

Indigenous student attendance not a challenge for schools alone

Thursday, 17 Mar 2016

Boosting school attendance for Indigenous students is a broad social policy challenge, not merely a challenge within education policy circles, according to a new report by the Australian Council for Educational Research released today on National Close the Gap Day.

Schools vital for wellbeing of marginalised students

Thursday, 25 Feb 2016

Most students in the middle years of school report high levels of wellbeing, but marginalised students are more likely to report low levels of wellbeing, including lower levels of school satisfaction, teacher support, and parental interest in school, according to the latest Australian Child Wellbeing Project report, released in Canberra today.

Game changers

Monday, 2 Nov 2015

Winning games in the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge, to be announced at 10.30am tomorrow, Saturday 31 October, at PAX in Melbourne, show that game development is an educational game changer that is empowering Australian teachers, and inspiring a new generation of switched-on students.

Business leaders address a matter of principal

Monday, 7 Sep 2015

More than 150 Victorian business and community leaders will connect with local schools and become Principal for a Day tomorrow.

Transforming assessment; improving learning

Friday, 14 Aug 2015

Assessment to support students’ learning is undergoing significant transformation, delegates to a conference in Melbourne next week will hear.

Assessing what matters

Friday, 14 Aug 2015

New thinking about the fundamental purposes of assessment for learning, and growing demands for the assessment of a broader range of capabilities, proficiencies, knowledge and skills is driving assessment reform and innovation, Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith will tell delegates to Research Conference 2015 next week. The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference this year will address the theme, Learning assessments: Designing the future.

Students defeat zombies, as teachers make stealthy assessments

Friday, 14 Aug 2015

‘Stealthy’ assessments using games like Physics Playground or even Plants vs. Zombies enable educators to weave assessment seamlessly into students’ learning experiences, Dr Val Shute will tell delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference next week. Research Conference 2015 addresses the theme, Learning assessments: Designing the future.

Supporting the next generation of mathematical minds

Monday, 3 Aug 2015

A new assessment for children in the first years of schooling is set to change the future of mathematics education in Australia.

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