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About Gayl O'Connor

BSc(Hons) La T, DipEd Monash, GradDip (AppSci) Victoria College
Ms O'Connor is a Senior Research Fellow in the Assessment and Reporting: Mathematics and Science research program, where she leads the Science Curriculum test development team. She has a special interest in STEM assessment, and science learning from the early years to the end of the compulsory years of schooling; and in the use of innovative assessment formats.
Ms O'Connor previously worked in the e-learning space, where she conceptualised, and was responsible for overseeing, the development of digital assessment tasks targeting specific learning outcomes for Mathematics, Science and English across Years P – 10. She also reviewed and aligned digital curriculum and assessment resources to the Australian Curriculum F – 10 available to teachers throughout Australia via the Scootle ( website.
In her previous role at ACER (1996 – 2004), Ms O’Connor managed and monitored ACER’s science item development for PISA and managed test development for the first Primary Science Assessment Program, 2003 (later cycles renamed as NAP_SL).
Ms O'Connor previously taught Senior Biology, General Science and Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools.


Present Senior Research Fellow, Assessment and Psychometric Research, Assessment and Reporting (Mathematics and Science), Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Australian Council for Educational Research
19 Prospect Hill Rd,
Camberwell, VIC, Australia 3124
T: +61 3 9277 5555
F: +61 3 9277 5500


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