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About Dr Michael J Timms

Dr. Michael Timms, BA(Hons), MA, PhD UC Berkeley, is Director, Research Development and Quality Assurance at ACER. He is highly experienced in running educational research and development projects and is a recognized leader in the development of innovative ways to assess students in electronic-learning environments. His research is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has been presented at many conferences.

Prior to joining ACER, Dr. Timms was Associate Director of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program at WestEd, a preeminent educational research and development organization in the United States. He led large-scale research studies in STEM education, with special focus on computer-based assessment projects, especially through the SimScientists research program ( He has been involved in the development of two assessment frameworks for the US National Assessment of Educational Progress for which he was awarded the Paul Hood award for excellence in educational research at WestEd.

Dr. Timms has experience in leading evaluation research projects for other educational research grant recipients, such as universities, and has managed large scale item development projects across many content areas. He is knowledgeable about the education systems of Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.


Present Director, Assessment and Psychometric Research, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Honors and Awards

  • In 2006 & 2009 Dr Timms received the Paul D. Hood Distinguished Contribution to the Field Award for his involvement in the development of assessment frameworks for the US National Assessment of Educational Progress
  • In 2013 he received the Journal of Research in Science Teaching Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)

Contact Information

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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