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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 reliably mark student responses according to the national rubric. Markers gain valuable professional experience and are paid for their marking. Marker training will also contribute to the continuing professional development requirements for teacher registration.

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Marking operation venue

The venue for the marking operation, including marker training, is the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC), Kessels Road, Nathan (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 2018 NAPLAN writing tests, you will need to:

  • attend your scheduled mandatory marker training sessions between Tuesday 15 May and Sunday 20 May 2018 (see training schedule)
  • mark for the duration of the marking operation: Monday 21 May to Wednesday 13 June 2018
  • nominate to be one of the following marker types:
Days plus Saturdays marker (DSAT)

marks Monday to Friday (8 am to 3:30 pm) plus Saturdays (8 am to 4:00 pm)
(i.e. 5 weekdays + Saturdays)

Days plus Sundays marker (DSUN)

marks Monday to Friday (8 am to 3:30 pm) plus Sundays (8 am to 4:00 pm)
(i.e. 5 weekdays + Sundays)

Evenings plus Saturdays marker (ESAT)

marks Monday to Friday* (4 pm to 8:45 pm) plus Saturdays (8 am to 4:00 pm)
(i.e. 4 weekday evenings + Saturdays)

Evenings plus Sundays marker (ESUN)

marks Monday to Friday* (4 pm to 8:45 pm) plus Sundays (8 am to 4:00 pm)
(i.e. 4 weekday evenings + Sundays)

*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 2018.

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) that is not suspended or deregistered
  • 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 at the QCAA offices in South Brisbane, and in some external venues within the Brisbane metropolitan area, during February and March.

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.

MAO (Marker Applications Online) is open for new applicants until Thursday 29 March 2018.

Re-applicant markers

Re-applicant markers, including senior markers and group leaders, will be emailed a reminder about applying for marking in 2018 during September or October 2017.

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 2018 without attending a recruitment session if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you successfully marked the NAPLAN writing test in 2016 and/or 2017
  • you were successful in a NAPLAN recruitment test in 2016 or 2017 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 2018.

Re-applicant markers must hold a teacher registration number, or have held one in the past (i.e. retired teachers) that is not suspended or deregistered.

MAO (Marker Applications Online) is available for markers from Friday 7 July 2017, closing on Friday 6 April 2018.

School-released markers

The QCAA gives principals the opportunity to release teachers to participate in the daytime marker pool following their successful completion of a recruitment workshop.

To make this professional development opportunity available to a greater number of practising teachers from regional areas, we offer a partnership between the QCAA and schools to share the cost of participation. This partnership is intended to support schools that are focused on building professional capacity in the area of writing.

A limited number of places are kept for school-released markers, who are required to attend for a two-week period. QCAA will select markers from various regional areas and will cover the TRS for the two weeks.

The benefits to schools are that these teachers will develop knowledge of:

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

This knowledge can be used to build the professional capacity of their school community following their return from the marking operation.

Targeted recruitment workshops will be conducted in August and September 2017 for regional teachers in the Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Wide Bay and Toowoomba regions. Further information will be made available to schools in these regions via the July NAPLAN Newsletter and supporting email to all principals in these areas. Please register for these workshops by completing the MAO (Marker Applications Online). 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 MAO (Marker Applications Online).

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 trained in the use of the most current ACARA Writing 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 requires approximately 480 markers, including 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 a number of school-released markers from outside the Brisbane metropolitan area
  • employment of a number of current practising 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 to reflect these considerations 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. To complete marking within the given timeframe, approximately 480 markers are required.

Offers of appointment are emailed in March and throughout April. Unsuccessful markers and those not selected will be posted a letter to confirm the status of their applications.

Payment

Recruitment

QCAA does 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 be conducting recruitment sessions in regional areas later in 2017. See previous marker recruitment section for details.

Marking operation

Markers are appointed as casual employees and are remunerated based on the rates approved by the Governor in Council dated 1 September 2016. The hourly rates of pay for training and marking in 2018 are:

  • group leader $55.85
  • senior marker $52.15
  • marker $46.17.

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 using MAO (Marker Applications Online. 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.
CriteriaAction
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: 10 July 2017

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