Dr Joshua McGrane is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment. He completed his university medal-winning PhD in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Sydney.
He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia and also worked as a Psychometrician for the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) in the New South Wales Department of Education. This has provided him with extensive experience in academic and government contexts in education, including psychometric analyses and innovation of state and national-level educational assessments. At OUCEA, Josh’s Research Fellowship is funded by AQA. His research and teaching interests span the conceptual, empirical and statistical aspects of psychometrics and educational assessment. This includes questioning and investigating the key philosophical assumptions of educational and psychological measurement, as well as their historical development.
His empirical research employs a range of psychometric models, in particular the Rasch model, for scale development and validation of cognitive and non-cognitive assessments. These include achievement tests, learning progressions, performance assessments and social attitude surveys. He is committed to the use of innovative methods to enhance the validity and reliability of educational assessments, to promote the role of assessment in improving educational outcomes, and to strengthen the connection between substantive and methodological theories.