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About Prue Anderson

BA, MA Monash, DipEd La T

Prue is the Acting Research Director of the ACER Assessment and Reporting (Humanities and Social Sciences) Research Program.
Prue has managed large, national and international assessments of literacy and numeracy, including work in the Philippines, Lesotho, Brunei and PNG that involved developing assessments, writing interpretive reports for various audiences and reviewing curricula. She has run capacity building workshops for the World Bank in Africa and Armenia and is an expert reading consultant for the 2016 Progress in International Reading Study (PIRLS).
Her literacy assessment expertise ranges from the early years of primary school through to middle high school. She has managed the test development for Australian national reading assessments of students in Years 3, 5 7 and 9. She has also developed extensive diagnostic assessments of literacy for students in the early years of school. Her most recent work in this area has been in the development of interactive computer-based assessments with audio that allow students to independently navigate through the tests.
Prue is currently responsible for conceptualising and managing innovative in-house assessment projects including the development of teaching resources to support teaching and learning in reading literacy based on assessment data. She is also developing a detailed described scale for reading drawing together ACER work across a range of assessments.
Prue has also managed smaller innovative assessments including assessments of health, critical and creative thinking, interpersonal understanding and collaborative skills and personal learning. She has also been involved in critiquing curricula for these competencies from an assessment perspective and evaluating assessments. She is currently involved in developing assessments of critical and creative thinking with accompanying teaching resources.
Prior to coming to ACER, Prue worked with an educational computer company for five years, taught undergraduate primary teachers for four years and was a primary teacher for nine years.


Present Acting Director, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Present Assessment and Reporting: Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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