The QCAA is committed to equity in education and to providing services and materials that challenge inequities and contribute to Queensland students receiving a socially just education. All QCAA materials contain information regarding the equitable education of all students. The following policies, statements and learning resources detail and support this commitment.
On this page:
- Equity statement
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives
- Supporting students with diverse learning needs
- Planning for equity in the curriculum
- More information
- QCAA Equity statement (PDF, 35 kB)
The QCAA undertakes all its functions based on the equity principles included within this statement.
The QCAA is working to increase awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Queensland schools. More information on QCAA strategies, resources, projects and initiatives is available in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives section of the website.
The needs of students with diverse learning needs must be considered in a proactive way – to design inclusive learning and assessment programs, and to provide opportunities for alternative assessment arrangements. Inclusive strategies enable a learner with diverse learning needs to participate in learning experiences on the same basis as a learner without disabilities.
A teacher makes required adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment to enable a student with diverse learning needs to demonstrate knowledge, skills or competencies.
The NAPLAN Test Preparation Handbook describes reasonable adjustments to standard assessment requirements to enable equitable assessment access and participation for all students.
The QCS Test Special Provisions Handbook details what reasonable adjustments can be made to standard assessment requirements to enable equitable assessment access and participation for all students.
The QCIA recognises the schooling achievements of students who have impairments or difficulties in learning. The QCIA reports the specific learning achievements of students who are undertaking an individualised learning program.
Each of the QCAA's senior syllabuses provides guidance about educational equity in the senior phase of learning.
The Moderation and quality assurance section of the website details the policies and procedures for making reasonable educational adjustments to assessment conditions to enable equitable assessment access and participation for all students.
- Guidelines for Assessment Quality and Equity (PDF, 68 kB)
These guidelines seek to enable equity in senior secondary assessment, so that all students have the same opportunity to demonstrate their learning.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students research
- Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
- Australasian Curriculum, Assessment and Certification Authorities (ACACA)
- Disability Discrimination Act — Education Standards
- Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991
- Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008) (PDF, 977 kB).