New 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.
Endorsement trials looked at assessments in 11 subjects across 350 schools. The QCAA trained more than 900 teachers in the endorsement process.
Confirmation involves trained assessors reviewing the grades teachers have assigned to student assessments.
Assessors are best able to judge the qualities of student work when they have received specialist training immediately prior to confirming or reviewing teachers’ judgments about the qualities in student work. For this reason, QCAA assessors will participate in confirmation training and calibration activities designed to fine-tune their capacity to make judgments about how well students have achieved against the standards prescribed in the syllabus.
The QCAA has already provided more than 800 educators with training in confirmation and calibration processes.