2021 Excellent progress
for every student

Join leading thinkers from around the world to explore innovations in teaching practice, assessment and more, all designed to help every student make excellent progress. Five days, fully online. Join us live or watch recordings on demand.

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The challenge

  • Students are at different points in their learning and have different learning needs
  • School structures and processes result in some students’ learning needs not being identified and met
  • Make sure every student is engaged and making good progress

The solution

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  • A curriculum structure based on evidence of how essential knowledge, skills and understandings typically develop
  • Valuing teachers’ understandings of the nature of progress and how instruction influences learning
  • Assessments of current attainment and long-term learning progress used to inform decision making

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Keynote speakers

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Professor Geoff Masters AO
Australian Council for Educational Research

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Professor Richard Lehrer
Vanderbilt University

Photo of Professor Dianne Siemon

Professor Dianne Siemon
RMIT University

Photo of Professor Mark Wilson

Professor Mark Wilson
University of California, Berkeley and University of Melbourne


Research Conference 2021 is an online event.


16–19 August, online conference

$150 AUD per person

Conference registration 


20 August, sold out

25 August, online webinar

$120 AUD per person

Masterclass registration 

More information about the Research Conference 2021 masterclass event

Conference registration and masterclass registration are separate events. To attend both, please register for each event.

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Masterclass: Learning Progressions

The half-day online masterclass will work with the latest iteration of ACER’s learning progressions for reading and mathematics. Participants will review the theoretical background and development of the learning progressions, and explore how they can be used to measure attainment and monitor growth, to plan lessons, and to provide useful feedback to students and parents.

This ACER online masterclass is mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

20 August now sold out.
New date added: 25 August. Numbers are limited so register now.

Masterclass registration
$120 AUD per person.
Masterclass registration does not include conference registration.