Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Moderating Language Assessment

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher leads a moderation activity with two colleagues in order to ensure that consistent and comparable judgments about student learning are made to meet curriculum and school requirements. She leads two colleagues through an assessment moderation meeting for a recent Indonesian assessment task. Each teacher has taught a year 8 class and undertaken a common assessment task with their class. Using agreed marking criteria, the teacher leads her colleagues through an examination of some recorded role-plays in order to reach agreed understandings about how the criteria should be applied within the assessment moderation.

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.
  1. How do you lead your colleagues in ensuring consistent and comparable judgements are made about student learning?
  2. How do you facilitate decision-making in your school context about consistent marking?
Macarthur Anglican School (Secondary)
New South Wales
Year level
Year 8
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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This illustration captures footage of the team of teachers of Indonesian at Macarthur Anglican School, Cobbitty, NSW, as they participate in an assessment moderation meeting. The teachers have developed a set of rubrics on which to make common judgements about student achievement before undertaking the activity. They use film within the classroom to capture the student role-play in order to have evidence on which to make comparable judgments about student learning.
Content provider
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA)

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