Rebecca Wheater

Senior Research Manager
r.wheater@nfer.ac.uk, +44 (0)1753 637202

Rebecca is the National Project Manager for the OECD PISA 2012 survey in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and in Scotland. Rebecca has particular experience in PISA, having worked on PISA since 2006. In 2009, she managed the technical Field Trial of the PISA Electronic Reading Assessment and has been the science lead for PISA 2009 and 2012. She was a co-author of the PISA 2006 and 2009 national reports for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She is also the National Project Manager for the OECD PIAAC survey in England and Northern Ireland, known as the International Survey of Adult Skills in these two countries. As part of her work on these surveys and other international surveys, she has been responsible for the translations and cultural adaptation of test items and questionnaires and the marking of constructed response items. Rebecca has worked on a range of assessment and research projects including development of key stage 3 National Curriculum science tests in England; development of the key stage 1 and key stage 2 science NFER formative assessment service; a study into the use of an aptitude test for university entrance and has conducted literature reviews for clients such as Ofqual, DfE and OCC.

Rebecca has a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (Psychology) and an MA in Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. She is a practitioner of AEA-Europe (Association of Educational Assessment). Her main interests lie in international comparisons and assessment, including e-assessment.

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