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In the new QCE system, moderation processes known as Endorsement and Confirmation will help to ensure the quality and comparability of school-based assessment.

New syllabuses will also provide teachers with more specific parameters for developing school-based assessments in each subject. This will include the type of assessment, the conditions under which it should be administered and a common marking scheme.

School-based assessments will contribute 75% towards a student’s final result in most subjects. In maths and science subjects, it will generally contribute 50%.


Assessors trained by the QCAA will endorse school-based assessment instruments before they are used with students.

Endorsement will ensure that these instruments provide sufficient opportunities for students to demonstrate syllabus requirements.

QCAA has conducted Endorsement trials in 11 subjects across 350 schools with more than 900 teachers participating.


Confirmation is the process or reviewing and confirming teachers' judgments about the qualities of student work.

QCAA assessors will participate in Confirmation training and Calibration activities to fine-tune their capacity to make judgments about how well students have achieved against the standards prescribed in the syllabuses.

More than 800 teachers have participated in Calibration trials.

For more information on Endorsement and Confirmation please see the Resources and support for school communities page.

Last updated: 6 March 2018

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