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About Maurice Walker

Maurice, BA(Hons) VUW, MAssessEval Melb, is currently project director for ACER’s Monitoring Trends in Educational Growth program. This program is being implemented in Afghanistan with assessments in reading, writing and mathematical literacy for Grade 6 students, and reading and mathematical literacy for Grade 3 students.
He also leads a technical support program aimed at building capacity in India’s National Council for Educational Research and Training to develop a high quality national assessment program.
He currently leads another technical support program for Indonesia's national assessment centre, Puspendik. This program is about building technical capacity, aligning the organisation to its core goals, strengthening a national computer-based testing program and developing an overall national assessment strategy.
From 2002-2012, at ACER, Maurice was primarily involved in the design, implementation and analysis of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). In particular he coordinated the development and implementation of the computer-based assessments in PISA 2012, the electronic reading assessment in PISA 2009 and the of contextual framework and international contextual questionnaires for PISA 2006. Maurice was project director for the PISA 2009+ study which involved nine economies participating in PISA 2009 on a delayed timeline.
Maurice has extensive experience in large scale educational survey work. He was New Zealand’s National Project Manager for PISA 2003 and the National Research Coordinator for the IEA’s Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). He was a member of the first international Questionnaire Development Group for PIRLS, has undertaken national analyses for TIMSS (1998), and participated on various national research strategy committees in New Zealand’s Ministry of Education.


Present Principal Research Fellow, Educational Monitoring and Research > International Surveys, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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