The Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has engaged the University of Melbourne and our partner, the Australian College of Educators, to design, develop and deliver the process and impact evaluation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (the Standards; formerly known as the National Professional Standards for Teachers), which is planned to conclude in December 2015.

The Standards were developed by AITSL and endorsed by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEEDYA). The Standards provide a framework to enhance the profession of teaching by providing consistent benchmarks for teaching practice and performance, and by increasing the consistency of teacher quality across Australia.

AITSL has engaged the Centre for Program Evaluation (CPE), at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), to undertake the three year long evaluation. The aim of the evaluation is to determine the usefulness, effectiveness of implementation, and impact of the Standards as a contributor to building teacher quality in Australian schools. These aims will be achieved through focusing on the use of the Standards across different elements of the national education reform agenda including Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia, A Nationally Consistent Approach to Registration of Teachers in Australia, Certification of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers in Australia, the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework and the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders. It is not the purpose of this evaluation to review the content of the Standards.

Research indicates that teacher quality is one of the most important school factors influencing student achievement, thus the findings of this evaluation seek to provide insight into the process of increasing student achievement.

As the Standards are a national policy initiative, the evaluation effort will aim to involve data collection and analysis at the national, state, jurisdiction, school, individual levels. The team will invite key stakeholders such as teachers, principals and school leaders, teacher employers, teacher educators, teacher regulatory authorities, principal and professional associations, national bodies, unions, and other education organisations to participate in the evaluation. Ways that you can get involved in the Evaluation will be communicated in the 'How to get involved' section and on the AITSL website.

The University will partner with the Melbourne Education Research Institute (MERI) at MGSE and Australian College of Educators (ACE) to undertake the evaluation with AITSL.

This project is funded by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Limited (AITSL) with funding provided by the Australian Government.