Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Assessment tool initiative

About this Illustration of Practice

In this Technology and Applied Science (TAS) meeting, colleagues discuss the ambiguity surrounding current assessment marking strategies used within the faculty and review a new marking model proposed by a colleague. They apply the new model to an existing curriculum activity to gather feedback with the intention of trialing the new tool within the faculty.

Standard 5
Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
Focus area 5.3
Make consistent and comparable judgements
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Organise assessment moderation activities that support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning.
Other descriptors
Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.3
Engage with colleagues and improve practice
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Initiate and engage in professional discussions with colleagues in a range of forums to evaluate practice directed at improving professional knowledge and practice, and the educational outcomes of students.
  1. How do you support moderation activities with colleagues that address school and cross-school comparisons of student learning?
  2. What strategies have you used to ensure consistency and comparability of colleagues’ judgments when assessing student learning?
Learning area
Year level
Year 9
New South Wales
Year level
Year 9
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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This Independent school for girls is located in metropolitan Sydney. It has a strong professional learning culture and staff members are encouraged to participate in a range of professional development forums to develop strategies that will enable students to perform to their optimum ability. To improve the transparency and clarity of the assessment and reporting process with staff, students and the wider school community, this teacher has initiated the development and trialing of a new marking tool.

Content provider
Association of Independent Schools NSW

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