Dr Sofia Kesidou

BSc(Hons), PhD, General Manager Program (AGSM, UNSW)
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
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The University of Sydney

Sofia Kesidou is an executive leader and academic researcher with close to 30-years’ experience in international educational assessment, curriculum and research. She has created value for organisations and projects she has led by strengthening existing product and service portfolios, developing growth-oriented strategies that align with client needs, and extending brand reach. 
Sofia's inquiry and professional work have focused on the development and evaluation of national education standards, research-based curriculum and assessment. With a sound grounding in the learning sciences, she was a key contributor to the development and implementation of national science, mathematics and technology standards in the US, and developed award-winning research-based processes for the evaluation of curriculum and associated resources.

In Australia, Sofia has led research, development and validation of numerous large-scale assessment and reporting programs, including the assessment frameworks on which they are based. In collaboration with the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, Sofia led a number of studies that provided empirical evidence to support the transition of the national assessments from paper to computer-based. In parallel with large-scale assessment, Sofia has been increasingly involved in the development of research-driven tools for classroom assessment. She currently directs the NSW Education Standards Authority's Thematic Review of Assessment, a research project aiming to examine NSW teachers’ understanding and use of assessment, working in collaboration with the Centre for Educational Measurement and Assessment at The University of Sydney.
Sofia has taught courses in assessment to undergraduate and graduate students, and has conducted numerous professional-development sessions related to standards-based curriculum and assessment as well as assessment and data literacy internationally. 

Distinguished Paper Award, Journal of Research in Science Teaching 
Research Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service                    
PhD Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service

  • Executive Director Curriculum and Assessment Standards, New South Wales Education Standards Authority
  • Board member, Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority
  • Member, NSW Australian Music Examinations Board                   
  • NSW representative, Online Assessment Working Group (responsible for national transition to NAPLAN Online)
  • Member, NSW Literacy and Numeracy Steering Group

Book chapters
  • Sadeghi, R. & Kesidou, S. (2013). "Investigating the measurement invariance in international assessment programs using the Rasch Simple Logistic Model." In: Q. Zhang and H. Yang (eds.), Pacific Rim Objective Measurement Symposium (PROMS). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. 

Conference presentations
  • Kesidou, S. (2018). "Developing models of computer-based testing: The NESA Experience." The Catholic Schools Association (CSSA) Forum, Sydney.
  • Kesidou, S. (2018). "Stronger HSC Standards reforms – implications for science examinations." Plenary presentation. The Biology, Earth & Environmental Investigating Science Teacher’s Conference, Sydney.
  • Kesidou, S. (2017). "Stronger HSC Standards reforms and critical thinking." The Catholic Schools Association (CSSA) Forum, Sydney.
  • Kesidou, S. (2016). "Next generation assessments for learning and school improvement." Plenary presentation. Macmillan Conference on Curriculum and Assessment, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Kesidou, S. & Sadeghi, R. (2015). "Item banking and objective assessment as tools for school improvement." Queensland Educational Data Symposium, Brisbane.

Thematic review into teachers' use of assessment, a NSW Education Standards Authority research project aiming to examine NSW teachers' understanding and use of assessment