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Associate Professor, University of Western Australia

During the project, Steve Humphry was an Associate Professor in Educational Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation at The University of Western Australia. He won a position with UWA in 2006 and held substantial Australian Research Council Linkage grants continuously since 2008. He has worked with a number of Industry Partners on these grants including the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), and the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). Steve will hold a Senior Honorary Research Fellow position in the Graduate School of Education, UWA from 2023-2026. Steve has extensive experience in the NAPLAN and WALNA large-scale testing programs. His research has focused increasingly on developing novel approaches that allow classroom teachers to reliably assess students in areas not amenable to large-scale testing such as Visual Art and Science Investigations. In Industry work, between 2011 and 2013, Steve led the Central Analysis of Data project for NAPLAN, on which a team of psychometricians establish NAPLAN literacy and numeracy scales that form the basis for reporting on performance at the Australian, state and territory, school and individual student levels. Before joining the University of Western Australia, he also worked for a number of years as the Psychometrician for the Western Australian Department of Education’s large-scale assessment program. During that time, he oversaw the measurement and statistical analysis, and technical facets of public reporting of results to schools and parents in Western Australia.

Through research, Steve has published a number of papers outlining theoretical and technical advancements in educational measurement designed to improve the comparability of results from different tests, such as those administered in successive calendar years. He has also overseen the development of statistical software used to analyse student results as well as software for reporting results. He conducted research on the development of marking rubrics that formed the basis of the NAPLAN Writing marking rubric, and which also influenced policy and practice regarding the use of Outcomes Frameworks to assess Western Australian students.

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