New Metrics for Success is a collaborative research venture between The University of Melbourne and selected forward-thinking schools to work in partnership to address the meta-problems faced by Australian schools today and in the future.
New Metrics for Success is an opportunity for innovative school leaders to join with academic experts and international trailblazers to reimagine and influence schooling in Australia – to move away from the ‘grammar of schooling’ that continues to lock our schools into many of the distinctive features of the 20th century version of education.
Australian schooling is ready for a paradigm shift and the development of new metrics to assess, credential and measure student, school and system success. Young people must now be educated and assessed in new ways so they are prepared for a very different future.
In this research-practice partnership, schools work with experts at the Assessment Research Centre to access University technology to support the creation and validation of new metrics.
The partnership provides the opportunity to:
- work with progressive school leaders who have moved away from the traditional ‘grammar of schooling’
- generate new and validated assessment tools for complex competencies
- generate reports and learner profiles that recognise a broader range of what a learner knows and can do
- influence the development of new policy
- garner the necessary support to facilitate real change in schools
- connect with national and international networks of like-minded leaders.
Participants in New Metrics for Success work together on solutions to the big challenges that face Australian education, industry and partner schools. These challenges vary but often stem from the traditional organisation of learning, which includes:
- curriculum devised around discipline content areas;
- reliance on summative examinations to gauge success;
- use of standardised testing in narrow areas of attainment to determine overall success; and
- timetables organised around short time periods of instruction provided principally by subject experts.
The work of New Metrics for Success involves:
Promoting alignment of policy and system reward and is influencing the development of new ideas about metrics for success for learners, schools and systems.
Building the capacity and reputation of participants as innovative and progressive leaders.
Accessing University technology and researchers to support the generation, collation and analysis of school-based data.
Schools working with the University to develop and publish case studies that promote the program and the schools’ innovations.
Professional learning for school staff to build their capacity to be leaders in the assessment and recognition of complex competencies.
Participating in a range of events, including face-to-face and online seminars with University academics, industry leaders, system-level leaders, educational influencers and innovative school leaders.
Collaboration with a wide range of schools, across systems and states/territories within Australia.
School partners have the opportunity to share their progress, receive critical feedback, and establish relationships with a range of schools, experts and influencers from across the education sector.
More than a mark: how to measure learning success without ranks and tests
On 20 September 2022, MGSE Dean's Lecture Series invited Professor Sandra Milligan to explain new ways of assessing and credentialing, along with what they mean for learners, their teachers, employers and tertiary selectors. Professor Milligan amplified the New Metrics for Success work by paying homage to the New Metrics research-practice partnership schools and the big challenge that they are tackling.
In 2020, schools that had expressed an interest were invited to an introductory webinar in October with Enterprise Professor Sandra Milligan, Professor Yong Zhao and Laureate Professor John Hattie.
'First mover' school partners
The University of Melbourne is proud to partner with the following forward-thinking Australian schools:
All Saints' College
Bayside P-12 College
Camberwell Girls Grammar School
Carey Baptist Grammar School
Dandenong High School
Genazzano FCJ College
Glenunga International High School
Greenvale Secondary College
Heathfield High School
Hunter Sports High School
Melaleuca Park Primary School
Mother Teresa Primary School
Naracoorte High School
Nangiloc Colignan & District Primary School
Newcastle Community of Schools
Parramatta Marist High School
Princes Hill Primary School
Prospect North Primary School
Pulteney Grammar School
Santa Sophia Catholic College
Scotch Oakburn College
St Columba Anglican School
St Joseph's College, Echuca
St Luke's Catholic College
St Michael's Grammar School
The Knox School
Wurun Senior Campus |
(Collingwood College & Fitzroy High School)
The Melbourne Graduate School of Education academic team will be led by members of the Graduate School’s professoriate:
Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Laureate Professor Emeritus
Professor of Teacher Education
Associate Professor in Wellbeing Science
Associate Professor in Physical Education
Participants will be connected to the leadership team’s extensive local and international network, including luminaries such as Professor Emeritus Michael Fullan (Canada) and Professor David Ng (Singapore).
Throughout the partnership, schools are mentored by a team from the Assessment Research Centre:
The Assessment Research Centre is proud to have a relationship with:
The University is continually updating and advancing support resources for partner schools.
New Metrics has developed resource kits to support the assessment and recognition of a range of complex competencies. These resource kits are designed to be used in conjunction with the University's assessment platform to assess a learner's level of attainment and growth in an area of competence. New Metrics resource kits contain:
- competence definitions
- breakdowns of 'elements' of competence
- sample learning progressions
- sample indicative behaviours
- guidance on designing opportunities for evidence collection
Please find here a sample resource kit for Agency in Learning and a compilation of some ‘taster’ resources for additional competencies, including:
- Acting Ethically
- Active Citizenship
- Quality Thinking
The New Metrics Partner Portal
For Existing 'First mover' research practice partnership schools
Access the partnership's online resources and seminars, and stay up to date with the latest news and events.
Please note: For issues relating to the partner portal, please contact technical support.
Australian school teams are invited to join the University’s community, contribute to an influential evidence-base, and broaden the assessment and recognition of complex competencies in their learners.
Engage with the work
There are four ways to join the growing eco-system of those leading assessment and recognition of complex competencies:
By invitation only, school partners work alongside University academics at the global cutting-edge to:
- develop, test and refine new metrics
- advance the cross-sectorial national agenda for improved and broader recognition systems
- generate customisable learner profiles for their students
- Engage directly with policy-makers, industry leaders and global innovative practitioners
Enquiries relating to joining the New Metrics research-practice partnership in 2023 are currently closed. We encourage you to fill in our Expression of Interest Form so to be kept up to date once opportunities for 2024 become available.
In the meantime, we invite you to become a member of our Melbourne Assessment community to gain access to our collection of assessment materials and tools, and to join the growing eco-system of educators leveraging the assessment and reporting of complex competencies to transform schooling.
Melbourne Assessment community
Schools with a strategic interest in improving their assessment and reporting practices are welcome to join the University's community, to:
- Broaden the way complex competencies are taught, assessed and reported on in their settings
- Engage in professional learning to build staff capacity to lead and respond to new assessment practices
- Learn from pioneer school leaders, academics and industry leaders
- Contribute to the growing evidence-base for systemic change in Australia
Schools with <50 enrolled students, please contact us to discuss engagement opportunities
Engagements for established networks
Do you lead, or are you part of, an existing network that has an interest in working collaboratively to improve the assessment and recognition of learners' complex competencies?
The University can work with your network leadership to provide:
- professional learning to a network of schools
- access to University assessment tools and resources
- measurement and credentialing expertise to match the network's ambitions
- project guidance and support
Contact us to discuss available options.
Online short courses
Interested individuals or teams of staff can engage in our online courses on Transforming Assessment Design to learn about and become accredited in the ‘why,’ ‘what’ and ‘how’ of assessing and recognising complex competencies.