Jamie Stiff

Provisional title:The moderating role of reading proficiency in pupils’ performance on national and international assessments of primary mathematics“.

Supervisors: Dr. Joshua McGrane and Dr. Therese N. Hopfenbeck

My main research interests are in the development and assessment of children’s numeracy and literacy skills in primary years education, equity in educational assessment, and how the results of national and international assessments are used to inform teaching practices. I will be beginning my DPhil with OUCEA in October 2018, funded by an ESRC Grand Union DTP studentship. My research will investigate how pupils’ reading proficiency moderates performance in both national (Key Stage 2) and international (TIMSS) assessments of primary mathematics, and how this can be reduced through changes to test-item language.

I studied for my BA in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, before spending a year working with special-educational-needs children in a local primary school. I returned to the university to study for an MSc in Education (Research Training). For my dissertation, I conducted a mixed-methods study investigating children’s misconceptions when dealing with mathematics problems involving probability under the supervision of Professor Peter Bryant.

Since June 2017, I have worked with OUCEA as a research assistant. My main role has been in co-authoring the National Report for PIRLS 2016, and providing support for other projects in the centre, including Assessment for Learning in Africa (AFLA) and the Human Essay Rater project.



McGrane, J. , Stiff, J. , Baird, J. , Lenkeit, J. , & Hopfenbeck, T. (2017). Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS): National report for EnglandLondon: Department for Education.