University of Technology Sydney

028214 Understanding and Using Educational Data



A large range of data on student performance is available to schools and teachers, particularly in regard to measuring literacy and numeracy progression. Schools, school systems and individual teachers are expected to critically analyse and reflect on these data to gain greater insight into the needs and achievements of their students, and to make considered use of data to inform teaching priorities and approaches to teaching in general, and teaching literacy and numeracy in particular. The range of data available to teachers include informal and formal school assessments, state and national standardised assessments (HSC, NAPLAN), and large scale international assessments (e.g. PISA, TIMSS). This subject is the final subject in the Primary English and Mathematics specialisation streams. It develops students' knowledge of key sources of assessment data that teachers need to work with. Students gain knowledge and skills to understand the purpose and key assumptions underpinning standardised assessment instruments; exercise critical literacy and numeracy to interpret standardised assessment data; and productively use these data to improve school students' learning, with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy improvement. Students also learn about the sociopolitical contexts of standardised assessments, and important ethical and equity considerations surrounding them.

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