Students studying a QCAA subject in Years 11 and 12 are taught and assessed by teachers within a system of school-based assessment. This means that although teachers are guided by QCAA syllabuses, they design the learning and assessment programs.
Students are assessed using a variety of techniques, including presentations and assignments as well as supervised exams. Rigorous external moderation ensures that students are treated fairly, and that achievement standards are comparable across all schools for all students.
The Queensland system of assessment has been in operation for more than 40 years. It is highly regarded internationally and means students:
- can show the full extent of their knowledge and abilities — including the use of technology
- are assessed using a variety of techniques — catering to the range of students’ learning styles
- receive frequent and detailed feedback
- are encouraged to develop higher order thinking skills
- are better prepared for further education and work.
- School-based assessment: The Queensland system (PDF, 806.6 KB)
Describes the philosophy and evolution of school-based assessment in Queensland and argues for its continuation in an Australian curriculum.
- Watch QCAA's videos on School-based assessment and moderation.