Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Tracking student progress

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher of senior English describes the assessment moderation processes used at her school. These processes are used to achieve greater consistency in grading student assessment tasks. With practice in assessment moderation, she and her staff have found that the accuracy of their grading of student work has improved. The teacher is also responsible for using data gained through the moderation activities to track student progress and to advise about teaching interventions.

Standard 5
Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
Focus area 5.3
Make consistent and comparable judgements
Career stage
Understand and participate in assessment moderation activities to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning.
  1. What do you think are the characteristics of effective assessment moderation?
  2. What assistance, guidance or support might teachers who are new to assessment moderation require?
Gordonvale State High School
Year level
Year 11
Year 12
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Gordonvale State High School is a rural secondary school located in the southern part of the Cairns district in Queensland. The school has approximately 700 students in years 8 to 12. At years 11 and 12, assessment moderation is used to achieve greater consistency in teachers' grading of student assessment tasks. In addition to skilling teachers in summative assessments, resulting grades allow the teacher to advise her colleagues about strategies that can be used to extend or support students.  

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