St Laurence’s College
So, I think it's been a really valuable experience to learn how the external exam is both implemented and assessed.
Kepnock State High School
You're not only learning professionally for yourself, but you're able to pass that knowledge then on to other teachers.
Benowa State High School
Even though I had marked for QCS before, this was quite different, this was subject based. So, it's very important to me that I understood the way that the external assessment is marked, so that again, I can take that experience back to my school.
Hervey Bay State High School
To be more familiar with that part of the system and to better prepare my students for the external exams this year coming.
St Patrick’s College (Shorncliffe)
Working previously in school-based assessment, I was curious as to how things can be done on a broader scale. And I've been able to bring some of that expertise back to my own school.
What has been the main benefit?
The Southport School
The EA marking operation is an incredibly deep dive into the requirements of the syllabus and the requirements, particularly of the marking guides.
I've applied the skills from EA marking to better equip my students to address the assessment.
Having that rich variety of responses that we see and how they align to different results, to allow that full range of marks to be achieved, is an incredible experience.
The Southport School
It just improves your understanding of what we're teaching, what we're teaching well, what students are still having trouble with. And that that just informs our practice, so we can do better as teachers, and so our students get better results.
What knowledge did you bring back to the classroom?
Some of the ways I've applied those skills is I've used, for example, the previous year's marking guide. And I've used that with practice and mock exams in class. So, I've taken students through that process, I've explained, well, this is the way that I was trained to mark it previously, I did say that the Marking Guide may change as it's tweaked every year, but I said, you know, here are the things that you know, that you're showing in your work, here are the ways that you can improve.
Better preparation of my students in the classroom. So being familiar with the questions, sample questions that I can give them, expertise and experience that I can pass on to them.
What would you tell other teachers?
Becoming an external assessment marker is some of the best professional development that I've ever done.
It gives you an insight into the process, you pick up some skills and just with the other assessor roles gives you some, you'll meet people and develop a network that you can rely on.
The collegiality, the collaboration that you get with others, that are around you developing those understandings about what the EA requires your students to do, is completely invaluable.
I've recommended to all my teachers and all my colleagues, and in the whole marine teaching network that they get involved with marking these, because we really want to have subject specialists marking these exams.
I'd advise strongly that people learn to become EA markers so that they can better again, enable their students to address what is required.