Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Grading using rubrics


About this Illustration of Practice

A pre-service teacher at an Alice Springs primary school seeks assistance from her supervising teacher at the conclusion of a unit of work in her final teaching round. In using a pre-determined assessment rubric to make judgements about her students' achievements, she has found that students may be achieving at different levels in the same task, and needs advice about how to allocate a final overall grade. Her decision to request an assessment moderation is an indication of the importance she places on making consistent and comparable judgements of student learning.

Standard 5
Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
Focus area 5.3
Make consistent and comparable judgements
Career stage
Graduate
Descriptor
Demonstrate understanding of assessment moderation and its application to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 5
Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
Focus area 5.1
Assess student learning
Career stage
Graduate
Descriptor
Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning.
  1. How do you ensure that your assessments of student learning are consistent and comparable?
  2. What are the features or processes that should be used in an effective assessment moderation?
School
Ross Park Primary School
Northern Territory
Year level
Year 4
Year 5
Stage of schooling
Primary
School type
Government
School location
Remote
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Ross Park is the oldest government primary school in Alice Springs. It has almost 400 students of which 25 per cent are Indigenous. At the school, a pre-service teacher from Charles Darwin University is in her final round of teaching practice. The teacher has taught the class a science inquiry unit on how environmental changes may affect the growth of flower seedlings. At the conclusion of the unit, students have written a report, based on which the pre-service teacher is making a summative assessment of each student's learning outcomes.
Content provider
Organisation
Education Services Australia

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