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Charles is Chief Researcher with a special interest in assessment. He leads projects that inform best practice in assessment, and has extensive experience in assessment design and development.
Charles is currently working in a conceptual leadership role as part of NZCER’s contribution to the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement – Wānangatia Te Putanga Tauira. This sample-based project involves the ongoing monitoring of achievement for students in Year 4 and Year 8 across the breadth of the New Zealand curriculum in English-medium schools. Charles is responsible for the conceptualisation and technical design of NMSSA’s assessment instruments and approaches.
In 2018, Charles was appointed as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on the review of NCEA and the Ministerial Advisory Group Curriculum, Progress and Achievement.
Charles presents and writes on assessment issues. He is regularly called on by government and private agencies to provide advice and guidance on assessment design.
Charles has worked at NZCER since 2003. Before that, he spent ten years as a teacher, working mainly in intermediate schools.
Qualifications: B.Sc., Dip.Tchng, M.Ed. (Dist)
Charles's research interests include:
- mathematics education
- test development
- assessment issues
- new technologies on reporting and diagnostic functions of testing.