Panel Session: What should we assess? And how?

What should we assess? And how? These are topical, unresolved questions facing teachers and policy thinkers at all levels of the education system. Leading policy organisations, such as the OECD and UNESCO, and many governments around the world are recommending shifts in the emphases of learning in schools and higher education institutions. The goal is to better equip people to understand and shape a world in which digital technologies, artificial intelligence, globalisation and sustainability are changing how we live, work and play, and also changing what we need to know and be able to do.

This panel session is co-hosted by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Assessment Research Centre (ARC) and Centre for Assessment Reform and Innovation (ACER).

The panel will be moderated by Emeritus Professor Barry McGaw AO, Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne; Emeritus Professor, Murdoch University; Formerly Director for Education, OECD; Foundation Chair of the Board of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.

The panel features:

  • Dr Michele Bruniges AM – Secretary, Australian Department of Education and Training
  • Mr Michael Stevenson – Senior Advisor, OECD PISA
  • A/Professor Sandra Milligan – Director, Assessment Research Centre
  • Professor Geoff Masters AO – CEO, Australian Council for Educational Research; Adjunct Professor, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
  • Professor Gregor Kennedy – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), the University of Melbourne; Director, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.