Bruniges to head OECD’s powerful school measuring body
Nov 03, 2016 | News | by Kate Jackson
Australia’s top education officer has been appointed chief of PISA, the international body responsible for measuring educational achievement across the developed world.
Dr Michele Bruniges has enjoyed a stellar career trajectory over the past year.
The former high school teacher spent five years as NSW’s chief education officer before being appointed to the role of Secretary of the Department of Education and Training - the nation’s top education public servant - in April.
In six months’ time she will take up her new role with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Bruniges has a doctorate of philosophy in educational measurement, a master's degree in education, a graduate diploma in educational studies and a diploma in teaching.
Following a distinguished 16-year career in the education public service, she was inducted as Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.
As the first Australian chair of the Programme for International Student Assessment governing board, she will oversee an assessment program which measures science, maths and literacy achievement across 35 countries at three yearly intervals.
Federal education minister Simon Birmingham congratulated Ms Bruniges on the appointment, saying she would “bring valuable international insights from this new role to the department’s policy deliberations”.
“This important role acknowledges Dr Bruniges’ expertise, experience and tremendous depth of knowledge in education, especially effective data collection and analysis,” he said.