Director, Educational Monitoring and Research Division; Research Director, Australian Surveys Research Program, Australian Council for Educational Research

Dr Sue Thomson is the Director of the Educational Monitoring and Research Division and the Research Director for the Australian Surveys Research Program at the Australian Council for Educational Research.

Dr Thomson is the National Research Coordinator for Australia in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which measures achievement in mathematics and science for students in grades 4 and 8, the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), which measures reading literacy of grade 4 students, and the National Project Manager for Australia for the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which examines reading, mathematical and scientific literacy of 15-year-old students.

Dr Thomson's research at ACER has involved extensive analysis of large-scale national and international data sets - the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), as well as TIMSS and PISA. In more recent work she has collaborated on projects involving analysis of the longitudinal data collection associated with PISA 2003. She has experience with a wide range of complex statistical procedures, including cluster analysis, discriminant analysis and multi-level modelling.

Dr Thomson joined ACER in 1998 and spent a number of years as a member of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth project team.

She also managed the Australian component of Schools around the World, an international project examining assessment in science and mathematics, and Project Good Start, which examined children's numeracy in the transition from preschool to the first year of school. She was engaged as an expert writer on the National Numeracy Review, and has consulted with DEEWR, FaHCSIA and the Victorian and ACT Departments of Education on a variety of data analysis projects related to TIMSS and PISA.

Before joining ACER, Dr Thomson lectured at a number of universities in Statistics and Research Methodology while she completed her PhD focusing on students' attributions and engagement in mathematics over the transition from primary to secondary school. Prior to that Dr Thomson worked as a Mathematics and IT teacher in government secondary schools in Victoria.

Dr Thomson has published a variety of articles and research reports based on her work at ACER (see also under Sue Fullarton), and has presented findings at conferences internationally and nationally.

Experience

  • –present
    Head of Educational Monitoring and Research; Research Director, National Surveys Research Program, ACER