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The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is responsible for the administration and marking of the Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.

Each year, the QCAA appoints registered and retired teachers to mark student responses for the NAPLAN writing tests, drawing from the pool of re-applicant markers and recruiting new markers.

The primary objective of the marking operation is to mark student responses reliably according to the national rubric. Markers gain valuable professional experience and are paid for their marking. Marker training may also contribute to the continuing professional development requirements for teacher registration.

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Marking operation venue

The venue for the marking operation and marker training is the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC), (previously QEII stadium), within the Brisbane metropolitan area.

QSAC is approximately 10 km south of the Brisbane CBD, approximately 20 km south of Brisbane Airport and approximately 70 km north of the Gold Coast. The venue is easily accessible by road and by public transport. Ample, well-lit parking is available.


Inside view of the marking operation venue

QSAC location

Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC)
Kessels Road
Nathan Qld 4111

Marker commitment

To ensure test validity and reliability in the marking of student responses for the 2017 NAPLAN writing tests, it is necessary for you to:

  • attend your scheduled mandatory marker training sessions between Tuesday 9 May and Sunday 14 May 2017 (see training schedule)

  • mark for the duration of the marking operation: Monday 15 May to Wednesday 7 June 2017

  • nominate to be one of the following marker types:

Days plus Saturdays marker (DSAT)

Marks 5 weekdays + Saturdays
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 3:30 pm plus Saturdays 8 am to 3:15 pm

Days plus Sundays marker (DSUN)

Marks 5 weekdays + Sundays
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 3:30 pm plus Sundays 8 am to 3:15 pm

Evenings plus Saturdays marker (ESAT)

Marks 4 weekday evenings + Saturdays
Hours: Monday to Friday 4 pm to 8:45 pm plus Saturdays 8 am to 3:15 pm

Evening markers negotiate one night off each week with their group leader.

Evenings plus Sundays marker (ESUN)

Marks 4 weekday evenings + Sundays
Hours: Monday to Friday 4 pm to 8:45 pm plus Sundays 8 am to 3:15 pm

Evening markers negotiate one night off each week with their group leader.

New applicants

New applicants, and re-applicant markers who have not marked in the last two years, must attend a recruitment session and successfully complete the recruitment marking before being included in the marker pool for possible selection as a marker in 2017.

New applicants must satisfy the following criteria to make an application:

  • hold a teacher registration number, or have held one in the past (i.e. retired teachers)
  • show a demonstrated understanding of assessment based on criteria and standards
  • have the ability to apply a prescriptive marking model
  • show demonstrated ability to follow instructions correctly
  • acquire satisfactory achievement in the marking of student scripts at a recruitment session.

Marker selection is based on successful recruitment test results and the need to maintain a balance of new and experienced markers.

Recruitment sessions will be conducted during February and March at the QCAA's head office in South Brisbane and in some external venues within the Brisbane metropolitan area.

Recruitment workshops for regional teachers will be conducted in August and September 2016.

When you apply, you will be able to indicate your preferred recruitment session. Confirmation of your recruitment session and venue details will be emailed to you closer to the recruitment session date.

Marker Applications Online (MAO) is open for marker applications until Friday 21 April 2017.

Re-applicant markers

Re-applicant markers, including senior markers and group leaders, will be emailed a reminder about applying for marking in 2017 during September or October this year.

If you wish to be considered for a position as a senior marker or group leader, you must submit an application to be a marker irrespective of your role.

You can apply to mark in 2017 without attending a recruitment session if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you marked the NAPLAN writing test in 2015 and/or 2016
  • you were successful in a NAPLAN recruitment test in 2015 or 2016 but have not yet marked.

If you do not meet one of the above criteria, you will be required to attend a recruitment session and successfully complete the recruitment test before being included in the marker pool for possible selection as a marker in 2017.

Marker Applications Online (MAO) is available for markers from Friday 1 July 2016 and closes on Friday 21 April 2017.

School-released markers

The QCAA offers principals the opportunity to select a number of teachers to participate in the daytime marker pool in order to build the professional capacity of their school community. To open this opportunity to as many teachers as possible, the QCAA will share the cost of participation with schools.

Participating teachers will develop knowledge of:

  • how students develop as writers
  • the influences that shape writing
  • the impact of particular curriculum and pedagogical approaches on writing
  • the key indicators for improvement of student writing.

Additionally, teachers are able to count the training and some of the marking towards the continuing professional development requirements for teacher registration.

Targeted recruitment workshops will be conducted in August and September 2016 for regional teachers in Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Toowoomba. Further information will be available to schools through the July NAPLAN Newsletter and supporting email to all principals.

Please register for these workshops by completing the Marker Applications Online (MAO). Additional information about being a school-released marker will be provided at the workshop.

Marker recruitment

All applicants who do not meet the criteria as a re-applicant marker are required to attend a recruitment session. Applicants select their preferred session when applying through Marker Applications Online (MAO).

The NAPLAN marker recruitment sessions run for approximately 4.5 hours. You will be given background information about the test, information on how students might respond to the stimulus material and an explanation of what is expected of markers.

You will be given training in the use of the ACARA Persuasive Writing Marking Guide and the Narrative Marking Guide during which time you will collaboratively mark three pieces of student writing. You will then be given five pieces of student writing to mark independently.

The data from your independent marking will be used to decide whether you would be a suitable marker for the NAPLAN writing test.

All markers will be notified of the outcome of their recruitment session.

Marker selection

To complete marking within the given time frame, approximately 450 markers are required. This number includes group leaders and senior markers.

The selection of markers each year is influenced by a combination of issues and commitments that include:

  • maintaining a pool of experienced markers
  • the number of markers required to complete marking within the given timeframe
  • opportunity for employment of new markers who have been successful in the marker recruitment
  • opportunity for employment of school-released markers from outside the Brisbane metropolitan area
  • employment of a number of current practicing Queensland teachers (marking provides a significant individual professional development opportunity)
  • employment of teachers from as many Queensland schools as possible (schools benefit from their teacher’s experience as a marker)
  • the applicant's performance in previous marking operations (quality and consistency of marking, pace of marking, receptiveness to receiving feedback, and ability to apply any feedback provided).

Based on the need for us to reflect these issues and commitments in the selection of markers each year, no guarantee can ever be provided about whether an applicant will be employed as a marker in any given year.

Markers are selected from the marker pool which consists of more than 1200 markers. To complete marking within the given timeframe, approximately 450 markers are required.

Offers of appointment are emailed in late February through March.

Payment

Recruitment

We do not pay you for time spent at a recruitment session or for any travel expenses you may incur to attend recruitment. If you live outside the Brisbane metropolitan area and wish to attend a session in Brisbane, you may like to ask your school if they are able to arrange and pay for you to attend one of the sessions. The QCAA will conduct recruitment sessions in regional areas later in 2016. See Recruitment sessions.

Marking operation

Markers are appointed as casual employees and are remunerated based on the rates approved by the Governor in Council dated 1 December 2015. The hourly rates of pay for training and marking in 2017 are:

  • Group leader $54.49
  • Senior marker $50.88
  • Marker $45.05

We do not pay for any travel expenses to attend the marking operation.

More detailed information on payment is sent with offers of appointment.

Professional development

The training and marking of student responses contributes to the continuing professional development requirements for teacher registration.

How to apply

To apply to be a NAPLAN marker, you must apply online through Marker Applications Online (MAO). Before you can log in to MAO you must have a BIC (Brief Identification Code – also called a user ID) and a QCAA web account.

You will probably have a BIC if you have previously:

  • been paid by the QCAA or the QSA (e.g. marker, panellist)
  • had access to the QCAA's services online (or the QSA's services online)
  • attended a QCAA (or QSA) professional development event/workshop.
Criteria Action
If you have a BIC and a password You can log in to Marker Applications Online and complete your application.
If you have a BIC but you have forgotten your password

Go to reset password to have an interim password emailed to you.

Follow the directions in that email to change your password and then go to Marker Applications Online to complete your application.

If you do not have a BIC, or have a BIC but do not have a password (i.e. you have not created a QCAA web account)

Go to create a new user account.

After you have created your QCAA user account, an interim password will be emailed to you. Follow the directions in that email to change your password and then go to Marker Applications Online to complete your application.

More information

Email naplanmarkerinfo@qcaa.qld.edu.au or phone (07) 3864 0210.

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Last updated: 30 September 2016

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