Assessment Research Centre

ARC logoThe Assessment Research Centre is the Australian academic partner for ACTRC and is one of ten research centres at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

The Centre focuses on improving assessment and reporting through a four-step process of research, publication, development and training. These provide the framework for strategic planning by the Centre and guide the Centre’s core business as well as its link to the University’s mission. Research that leads to change, strategically affects change, or sets up the basis for change and improvement in assessment, forms the focus of the Centre’s work.

The Assessment Research Centre has established a strong local, state, national and international reputation for its work in assessment and psychometrics.  The Centre employs 20 staff and supervises over 30 doctoral students working on a range of projects.

In 2011, the Assessment Research Centre carried out a curriculum comparison study for the Philippines Basic Education Sector conducted under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australian Aid. Findings from this work were reported in an Analysis of the Basic Education of the Philippines: Implications for the K-12 Education Program, a joint study by Australian Aid-University of Melbourne and SEAMEO INNOTECH.