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Issue 6, April 2019

IEA Conference 2019 – Educating for the Future

More than 450 educators and school leaders from all Australian states and territories and New Zealand came together to talk about the future of education and student success at the fourth annual IEA Conference.

The OECD’s Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, Andreas Schleicher, joined fellow keynote speakers A/Professor Sandra Milligan of the Assessment Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, and SACE Board Chief Executive Professor Martin Westwell, at the event held at Adelaide Convention Centre on 1 April.

Mr Schleicher told delegates that our systems should be providing “world class” education capable of producing “first class humans and not second class robots”. The conference’s interactive networking activities provided opportunities to reassure participants that South Australia was well placed to meet this challenge.

Meanwhile, A/Professor Milligan said that South Australia had always been a trailblazer in the education field and the state was once again leading the charge. Professor Westwell reinforced the SACE Board’s commitment to being a 21st century authority by confirming that it does not view education as a competition and that we should not encourage learning for the assessment, but assessment for learning.

Leaders from the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS) presented a case study on how their school is incorporating the general capabilities to drive curriculum and growth. It was fantastic for attendees to see the contrast between the theory discussed by the academics and the challenges and opportunities of how it is playing out in schools such as ASMS.

The participants were actively engaged throughout the day, participating in collaborative and creative networking activities.  Delegates were also polled at various points in the day on their thoughts on educating for student success in the 21st century and tracking and evidencing student development of the general capabilities. These results formed the basis of the panel discussion between the keynote speakers.

There has been overwhelmingly positive feedback provided on the conference and planning is already underway for the 2020 event with the aim of cementing the IEA Conference as the highlight in the professional learning calendar of all schools. The presenter’s slides and live poll results can be accessed here 

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Presenter's Slides

The 2019 IEA Conference – Educating for the Future featured a dynamic line-up of presenters. 

Andreas Schleicher
Visiting Director of Education and Skills, OECD
Future of Education and Skills 2030 

A/Professor Sandra Milligan
Assessment Research Centre, University of Melbourne
Assessing complex competencies 

Senior school case study
Australian Science & Mathematics School
Can the General Capabilities drive curriculum and growth? 

Professor Martin Westwell
Chief Executive, SACE Board of SA
Redefining Student Success

IEA Conference 2019 Poll Results 

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Understanding Education 2030

As classroom teachers we don’t always have time to read the strategic documents that are shaping the narrative of education and influencing the thinking of academics, politicians, ACARA, Gonski 2.0 and our state education and assessment boards.

The position paper The Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030 is such a document. 

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Guide to good referencing

When writing a research paper of any description, you are expected to draw upon the research and ideas of others from around the world. Sources assist in forming ideas and arguments as well as providing evidence for conclusions made. Learn about the importance of referencing, it's basic elements, how it differs from a bibliography, and what to do if you can't find certain information.

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Case studies in focus

Collaborative assessment design doesn't need to remain in-house

Mari Foody

Language teaching in a primary school setting can be easily isolated from other subject areas. So for her case study, Mari pulled together a team of Japanese teachers from neighbouring schools to collaborate on the design of an assessment piece to be delivered at each school. The team worked together to ensure the assessment design covered the appropriate Australian Curriculum and International Baccalaureate Program achievement standards, while yielding fair and consistent judgements on student work. Find out how they did this and what they discovered along the way.

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CEA graduates


Congratulations to the new Certified Educational Assessors graduate!

  • Nicholas Cousins

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Assessment Notebook - Conference edition

A collection of resources from the 2019 IEA Conference presentations.

Andreas Schleicher

Goldin, C & Katz, LF 2010, The race between education and technology, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

A review of The race between education and technology

OECD education data by country 

OECD learning framework 2030 – Learning compass 2030

Programme for international student assessment (PISA), Organisation for economic cooperation and development

PISA 2015 database

Schleicher, A 2018, The future of education: Education 2030, Organisation for economic cooperation and development


A/Prof Sandra Milligan

Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud n.d., Vision 2030: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Council of Economic 
and Development Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

University of Melbourne 2018, 'Kingdom of Saudi Arabia chooses Melbourne experts to transform education', University of Melbourne, viewed 1 April 2019

Vision 2030

University of Melbourne n.d., ‘Micro-credentialing’, University of Melbourne, viewed  April 2019,

Prof Martin Westwell

Entrepreneurship: A Working Definition

Foundation for young adults

Foundation for young adults 2019, 'Future skills framework 2030', Foundation for young adults, Melbourne 

Future Industries Exchange for Entrepreneurship (FIXE)

Gonski, D et al 2018, Through growth to achievement: report of the review to achieve educational excellence in Australian schools, Department of Education and Training, Canberra

Mevarech, Z & Kramarski l, B 2014, Critical maths for initiative societies: the role of metacognitive pedagogies, OECD Publishing, Paris

Schleicher, A 2018, The future of education: Education 2030, Organisation for economic cooperation and development

Teaching and Learning Centre n.d., 'Science Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs)', Australian Council of Deans is Science, viewed 1 April 2018,

Walsh, B & Volini, E 2017, Rewriting the rules for the digital age: 2017 Deloitte Global human capital trend, Deloitte University Press, UK

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