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About Professor Ray Adams AM

Professor Raymond J. Adams, AM, BSc (Honours) Melb, DipEd Melb, Med Melb, PhD Chicago, FACE, is Special Advisor Global Educational Monitoring at the Australian Council for Educational Research and Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne. Ray specialises in international comparative studies, large-scale testing, psychometrics and educational statistics. He has been the International Project Director for the OECD Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA) since its inception (1999) and has lead the development of PISA’s core approaches and methodologies. PISA is perhaps the world's largest and most significant educational research project.
Ray has a PhD in educational measurement and educational statistics from the University of Chicago and has published widely on the technical aspects of educational measurement. His item response modelling software packages (Quest and ConQuest) are amongst the most widely used in educational and psychological measurement. In addition to his directorship of PISA he has acted as a consultant to numerous large-scale assessment projects both in Australia and internationally. Ray has been made a Member of the Order of Australia for his research into the measurement of educational outcomes and his leadership of national and international studies of student learning.


2000 - Present Consultant to PISA, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Present International Surveys, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Honors and Awards

  • Victorian Education Department Studentship
  • John and Eric Smyth Travelling Scholarship, University of Melbourne
  • Century Fellowship, University of Chicago
  • Spencer Fellowship, US National Academy of Education
  • Member of the Order of Australia

Refereed Articles (19)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (15)