Geoff Masters is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of the Australian
Council for Educational Research (ACER) – roles he has held since 1998. 

He has a PhD in educational measurement from the University of Chicago and has published
widely in the fields of educational assessment and research. 

Professor Masters has served on a range of bodies, including terms as President of the
Australian College of Educators; founding President of the Asia-Pacific Educational
Research Association; member of the Business Council of Australia’s Education, Skills and
Innovation Taskforce; member of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO; and member
of the International Baccalaureate Research Committee. He is currently a member of the
Advisory Board for the Science of Learning Research Centre, the ABC Digital Education
Advisory Group and the national Board of Life Education Australia. 

He has conducted a number of reviews for governments, including a review of examination
procedures in the NSW Higher School Certificate (2002); an investigation of options for
the introduction of an Australian Certificate of Education (2005); a national review of
options for reporting and comparing school performances (2008); and reviews of strategies
for improving literacy and numeracy learning in government schools in Queensland (2009)
and the Northern Territory (2011). He is currently undertaking a review of senior
secondary assessment and tertiary entrance procedures in Queensland. 

Professor Masters is an adjunct professor in the Queensland Brain Institute. His
contributions to education have been recognised through the award of the Australian
College of Educators’ Medal in 2009 and his appointment as an Officer of the Order of
Australia in 2014. 

Below is a selection of Professor Masters publications. Additional publications are
listed in his CV located to the right of the screen. 

Articles (Refereed)

Adaptive testing for psychological assessment : how many items are enough to run an adaptive testing algorithm? (with Michaela M. Wagner-Menghin), Journal of Applied Measurement (2013)
 

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National school improvement tool, Teaching and Learning and Leadership (2012)
 

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The case for an Australian Certificate of Education, International Education Journal (2006)
 
The partial credit model and null categories (with M Wilson), Psychometrika (1993)
 

Books

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Assessment: Getting to the Essence, Assessment and Reporting Projects (2014)
 

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Year 12 curriculum content and achievement standards (with Gabrielle Matters), Assessment and Reporting Projects (2007)
 

Contributions to Books

The Contribution of IEA Research Studies to Australian Education (with John Ainley, John P. Keeves, Jan Lokan, Petra Lietz, and Sue Thomson), IEA 1958-2008: 50 years of experiences and memories (2011)
 
Progression and assessment; Developmental assessment (with Margaret Forster), International encyclopedia of education (2010)
 
The Partial Credit Model, Handbook of Polytomous Item Response Theory Models (2010)
 

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Objective Measurement, Applied Rasch Measurement: A book of exemplars, papers in honour of John P. Keeves (2005)
 
New views of student learning: implications for educational measurement (with R Mislevy), Test theory for a new generation of tests (1993)
 

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Why A to E grades paint the wrong picture, Research Developments (2014)
 
Back to school for lessons on teaching, Australian Financial Review (2014)
 

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Is school reform working?, Research Developments (2014)
 

Misc. Documents & Unpublished Papers

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Towards a growth mindset in assessment, ACER Occasional Essays (2013)
 

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The Hard Work of Improvement, ACER Occasional Essays (2011)
 

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Assessing Student Learning: Why Reform is Overdue, ACER Occasional Essays (2011)
 

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The Power of Expectation, ACER Occasional Essays (2011)
 
TORCH : tests of reading comprehension (with Leila Mossenson, Andrew Stephanou, Margaret Forster, Margaret McGregor, Prue Anderson, and Peter Hill), Margaret McGregor (2003)
 

Conference Papers & Presentations

Conference summary and next steps, CER Research Conference 2014 - Quality and Equity: What does research tell us? (2014)
 

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Plenary 1 - Quality and Equity through Evidence-Based Practice, ACER Research Conference 2014 - Quality and Equity: What does research tell us? (2014)
 

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Conversation with Prof. Geoff Masters AO, CEO, ACER and Ms Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia (with Julia Gillard), ACER Research Conference 2014 - Quality and Equity: What does research tell us? (2014)
 

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Continual improvement through aligned effort, 2012 ACER Research Conference - School Improvement : What does research tell us about effective strategies? (2012)
 

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Improving Literacy and Numeracy Outcomes, National Forum on Research to Inform National Partnership Agreements (2009)
 

Reports

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Measuring and rewarding school improvement, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (2012)