Geoff N. Masters


Geoff Masters is Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). 
In this role he maintains his professional interest in educational assessment and school improvement, and has been invited to undertake numerous reviews for governments. His most recent work includes Australian Education Review number 57, Reforming Educational Assessment: Imperatives, principles and challenges, released in March, and the development of the National School Improvement Tool endorsed by Australia's Commonwealth, state and territory Ministers of Education in December 2012.
Professor Masters is an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, and has served on a range of bodies, including terms as founding President of the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association; President of the Australian College of Educators; Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA); Chair of the Technical Advisory Group for the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA); member of the Business Council of Australia’s Education, Skills and Innovation Taskforce; member of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO (and Chair of the Commission’s Education Network); and member of the International Baccalaureate Research Committee.

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17 Apr 2018

What is a highly effective school principal, and what do they do that makes them so effective? The Principal Performance Improvement Tool sets out to answer these questions. It provides a point of reference that principals can use to reflect on their current practices and...

Journal article

30 Jun 2016

In a world of rapidly expanding data, the collection of educational data serves three vital purposes in schools: identifying starting points; monitoring improvement; and evaluating effectiveness. To establish where students are in their learning, to monitor progress over time and to evaluate the impact of...

Discussion paper

12 May 2016

There is no shortage of challenges in school education. Some of the biggest challenges we face can appear frustratingly intractable. Despite reform efforts, regular government reviews and ongoing calls for change, progress in addressing our most significant challenges is often slow and solutions continue to...



29 Jan 2015

While Australia has seen a steady decline in 15-year-olds’ reading literacy achievement over the past decade, Geoff Masters identifies promising signs at the primary level that this trend may soon be reversed.

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12 Dec 2014

Examines trends in Australian students’ performances over the past decade and considers implications for Australian schools policies.

Abstract Reforming schools and improving student achievement levels are priorities for governments around the world. In Australia over the past decade, State, Territory and Commonwealth governments...

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