Australian Council for Educational Research


Items authored

Conference paper

17 Aug 2015


Whenever the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are announced, media headlines are full of reports about rankings, about how many countries Australia is outperformed by and outperforms. In early rounds of PISA, Australia ranked among the top 10...

Research report

1 May 2015

This report presents findings of a study of the policy context around higher education institution (HEI) mobility in eight APEC economies – China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore and Viet Nam. The report provides insights into different policy contexts gathered from desktop research...

Research report

27 Apr 2015

MTEG is a service that involves ACER staff working closely with each country to develop an assessment program that meets the country’s monitoring needs while being based as closely as possible on a set of defined design principles and quality standards.


Items published


5 Dec 2017

This report analyses and interprets the Australian data collected as part of PIRLS 2016. Where appropriate, this report makes comparisons with the results of other countries and with the international average, to better understand Australian achievement in reading literacy and its context.

Research report

29 Nov 2016

This report, released by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), on the latest international study of mathematics and science achievement, reveals no improvement in the performance of Australian students.

Releasing the report, ACER Director of Educational Monitoring and Research, Dr Sue Thomson, said...

Research report

25 Jul 2016

AER 61 discusses the contemporary influences on initial teacher education, with particular attention to the notion of quality teaching, and the role of teacher education and teacher educators in the development of quality teachers. Section 1 introduces the key concept of ‘quality’ and explores the...

Research report

24 Jul 2016

Effective communication and advocacy activities are essential components in initiating change in education practices and policies. ACER, through the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Centre provided support to OMAES (Oeuvre Malienne d’Aide à l’Enfance du Sahel), a non-governmental organisation in Mali, for the development of an...

Literature review

19 Jul 2016

Children think mathematically long before they start school. Before children start learning mathematics at school, they show informal understanding of many numeracy concepts. This is informal numeracy knowledge, that is, skills that children develop before starting school that do not depend on written mathematical notation...

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Research report

27 Apr 2016

Australian higher education equity policy focusses mostly on access and participation with the implicit assumption that disadvantage will be ameliorated through educational achievement. Less is known as to whether patterns of disadvantage continue post-completion. In a context in which graduate employability is becoming an important...

Journal article


29 Oct 2015

Digital collecting of public policy resources such as reports, discussion papers, evaluations and datasets (also known as grey literature) is still very low in Australia and as a result users find it difficult and time consuming to access the research resources they need.


Journal article

19 Oct 2015

Peer mentoring is often considered the single most effective strategy for increasing student retention and student satisfaction. As a consequence, mentoring programs have been implemented at most universities and are an essential feature of best practice transition programs. Yet, the literature is inconsistent regarding what...

Book review

19 Oct 2015

How can cultural responsiveness towards Indigenous students be truly embedded in teaching pedagogy and national standards? In this book, Perso and Hayward (2015) seek to provide teachers with practical tools for working effectively with Indigenous students in school settings. This book is written with the...

Journal article

28 Sep 2015

This exploratory study investigated how staff at four private boys’ boarding schools in Perth, Western Australia, constructed meaning and understanding around the experience of studying away from home and family for Aboriginal students from regional and remote communities. Interviews were conducted with 16 participants recruited...