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Claire Wyatt-Smith is a Professor of Educational Assessment and Literacy and Institute Director of the Learning Sciences Institute Australia.  Her research focuses on professional judgment, standards and moderation, with an aligned focus on curriculum and literacy education.  Her publications address teachers’ assessment identities; large-scale standardised testing and its impact on learning; assessment adaptations for students with disabilities and assessment and new technologies. Claire’s research has attracted funding from the Australian Research Council and she has undertaken numerous government-funded large-scale longitudinal projects.  Recent books include Assessment for education: standards, judgement and moderation (Sage, 2014) and Designing assessment for quality learning (Springer, 2014), and she is the Series Editor for Springer’s assessment series, The Enabling Power of Assessment through which she works with international networks of researchers focused on assessment and professional practice. Claire holds an advisory role in the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Ireland and a Professorial Teaching Fellowship, Hong Kong University, working in the Faculties of Education and Dentistry.

Research interests

  • Initial teacher education
  • Assessment and learning analytics
  • Assessment standards
  • Human judgment and moderation practice
  • Language and literacy education
  • Digital assessment

Competitive grants and projects

2017 Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), Teaching Performance Assessment Grant Program: Wyatt-Smith, C., Nuttall, J., Cumming, J., & Kaiser, G., The Standards Project: Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA) Trial.
2015-2018 Australian Research Council, Discovery Scheme: Cumming, J., Wyatt-Smith, C.M., Dickson, E., Webster, A., Harris, & Graham, S., Effective, enriching and enabling school-based assessments and optimal adjustments for secondary school students with disabilities.
2011-2014 Australian Research Council, Discovery Scheme: Ng, C., Wyatt-Smith, C. M., & Bartlett, B., Improving disadvantaged students? Reading outcomes through overcoming reading avoidance and building reading engagement.
2011-2013 Australian Research Council, Discovery Scheme: Cumming, J. J., & Wyatt-Smith, C. M., An investigation of school and teacher use of National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for student learning improvement.
2011-2013 Australian Research Council, Linkage Scheme: Mayer, D., Doecke, B., Dixon, M., Kostogriz, A., Allard, A. C., White, S. J., Walker Gibba, B. M., Rowan, L. O., Wyatt-Smith, C. M., & Bates, R. J., Investigating the effectiveness of teacher education for early career teachers in diverse settings: a longitudinal study. Industry Partners: Queensland College of Teachers, Queensland Department of Education and Training, Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victorian Institute of Teaching.
2006-2009 Australian Research Council, Linkage Scheme: Wyatt-Smith, C. M., & Klenowski, V., Investigating standards-driven reform in assessment in the middle years of schooling. Partner Investigators: Elwood, J, Queen’s University, Belfast; Looney, A, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Industry Partners: Queensland Studies Authority and National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.
2003-2007 Australian Research Council, Wyatt-Smith, C. M, Levy, & Castleton, G., Using and creating knowledge in the high school years: Performance, production, process and value-adding in electronic curricular literacy.
2001-2005 Department of Education, Science and Training, National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies and Projects Program: Wyatt-Smith. C, & Cumming, J., National Co-ordination of Literacy Research Projects, including National Clearinghouse for Literacy and Numeracy Research.
1998-2001 Australian Research Council, Linkage Scheme: Freebody, P., Wyatt-Smith, C., & Cooksey, R., Qualitative and quantitative applications of judgement analysis to human decision making in education settings: the case of literacy standards.

Research consultancy projects

2017 Independent Schools Queensland: Adie, L., & Wyatt-Smith, C., Building teachers’ assessment capabilities: Assessment innovation.
2017 New South Wales Education, Standards and Assessment Authority: Wyatt-Smith, C., & Jackson, C., An investigation into the teaching of writing.
2016-2017 Queensland College of Teachers: Wyatt-Smith, C., Du Plessis, A., & Alexander, C., An investigation into the choice of teaching as a first or subsequent career.
2016 Independent Schools Queensland: Wyatt-Smith, C., Du Plessis, A., & Jackson, C., Curriculum Innovation.
2014-2015 Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment (D.E.T.E., 62435): Bartlett, B., Ng. C., Wyatt-Smith, C., & McArthur, M., A study into the current operations of Queensland’s Non-State Special Assistance Schools, State Positive Learning Centres and State Flexi-Schools.
2013-2014 Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER): Wyatt-Smith, C. The intersection of discipline knowledge and standards: A focus on judgement and the expert panels. Informing paper for the review of Queensland Senior Assessment and School Reporting and Tertiary Entrance Processes.
2012-2013 South Australian Secondary Principals Association, and South Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority: Wyatt-Smith, C., Dempster, N., & Johnson, G., Secondary Principals as Literacy Leaders (SPALL): Literacy leadership through assessment.
2009-2010 Australian Government Literacy and Numeracy Pilots in Low SES School Communities initiative:Dempster, N., & Wyatt-Smith, C., Principals as Literacy Leaders Project. Collaboration with the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services, ACU National, Edith Cowan University and the Australian Association of Primary School Principals (APPA). Total project funding is $2.1million. Total funding for Griffith University Research Evaluation with named CIs above: $145,000.
2010 Education Queensland: Wyatt-Smith, C. M., & Johnson, G., Effective leadership and literacy learning.
2008-2010 Education Queensland: Johnson, G., & Wyatt-Smith, C. M., Evaluation of the impact of Literacy-the Key to Learning: Framework for Action 2008-2010.
2008 Department of Education, Training and the Arts: Wyatt-Smith, C.M., Evaluation of a 12 month trial of school-devised assessment model of comparable statewide assessment.
2007 Queensland Studies Authority: Wyatt-Smith, C. M., & Matters, G., Senior Secondary Schooling Assessment.
2007 Department of Education and Training: Wyatt-Smith, C. M., & Gunn, S.,Summary of the paper Evidence-based Research to Inform Policy and Practice in Improving Literacy Outcomes for Students Across the Stages of Schooling.
2006 Department of Education and Training: Wyatt-Smith, C. M., & Gunn, S. Evidence-based Research to Inform Policy and Practice in Improving Literacy Outcomes for Students Across the Stages of Schooling.
2006 Department of Education and Training, Victoria: Czislowski-McKenna, A. T., Cumming, J.J., Wyatt-Smith, C.M., & Elkins, J., Literacy teaching and learning in Victorian Schools.
2005 Department of Education, Science and Training, Department of Education, Queensland, Catholic Education Commission, and Association of Independent Schools: Wyatt-Smith, C. (Researcher Evaluator and Academic Advisor), Literacy and Numeracy in the Middle Years of Schooling Project.
2004-2006 Department of Education, Science and Training, State Grants Scheme: Wyatt-Smith, C., & Elkins, J., Effective teaching and learning practices for students with learning difficulties initiative. In partnership with Education Queensland, Catholic Education Commission, and Independent Schools Queensland.
2004-2005 Queensland Studies Authority Research Program: Wyatt-Smith, C., Cumming, J., & Elkins, J., Teacher judgment of student literacy and numeracy performance.
1998 Centre for Literacy Education Research, Griffith University, and Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs: Cumming, J., & Wyatt-Smith, C., The literacy-curriculum interface: The literacy demands of the curriculum in post-compulsory schooling.
1995 The National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia (NLLIA): Wyatt-Smith, C., Teacher Assessment of Students’ Cultural Understandings as the Eighth Key Competency.

Publications

Assessment for Education – Sage Designing Assessment for Quality Learning The Enabling Power of Assessment Multiple Perspectives on Difficulties in Learning Literacy and Numeracy Education Assessment in the 21st Century

Books Series

Wyatt-Smith, C. The enabling power of assessment. Springer. Foundation Editor.
Wyatt-Smith, C., Hayward, L., Smith, K., Mak, B., & Sumara, B. (under review). Teacher education innovation: professional standards, evidence and student learning. Proposal for a new Springer Series.

Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith Curriculum Vitae

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