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    Background

    Markers for the Writing Task (WT) and the Short Response (SR) subtests are selected from a marker pool, which consists of teachers or former teachers from across Queensland.

    Each year, the QCAA recruits markers to add to the pool.

    The primary objective of the marking operation is to grade student responses validly and reliably according to a prepared marking guide (WT) or item-specific marking schemes (SR). Markers gain valuable professional experience and are paid for their marking and training. Marker training contributes to continuing professional development (CPD) points for registration renewal.

    Schools benefit from having teachers who are markers. Teachers who participate in the marking gain a better understanding of the nature of the test, the marking operation and the quality assurance processes that are in place. This knowledge assists them in preparing students for the test. Because marking takes place in the first week of the September state school holidays, there is no disruption to school staffing arrangements.

    Marker commitment

    To ensure validity and reliability in the marking of student responses, markers are to:

    • be objective in matching the criteria and standards to the responses (WT) or in applying the prescriptive marking schemes to responses (SR)
    • accept quality-control procedures as necessary to ensure fairness to students and to maintain public accountability; in particular, attend refocusing sessions when required
    • attend administrative sessions as required
    • attend mandatory marker training at 9 am (arrive by 8 am to register)
      Saturday 22 September and then mark until 5:30 pm
    • attend mandatory feedback session on Sunday 23 September and mark until 5:30 pm (SR markers only)
    • continue to mark each day from 8 am to 5:30 pm until marking is completed or until the last day of the marking operation

    If you are unable to commit to attend the marking operation from Saturday until the end of primary marking (in WT or in your allocated SR marking unit), you should not apply to be a marker.

    How to apply

    Applications for re-applicants and new markers are open from Monday 4 December 2017 to Wednesday 9 May 2018. Apply online through Marker Applications Online (MAO): https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/MAO/login.jsp.

    To log in, you must have a BIC (Brief Identification Code — also called a user ID). Further instructions for applying for a BIC are available on the QCAA’s Create new user account page: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/secure_site/logon/create_account.jsp.

    New applicants

    New applicants must attend a recruitment session and successfully complete a recruitment test to be eligible to mark.

    New applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • be a registered (or previously registered) teacher
    • demonstrate an understanding of criteria and standards-based assessment
    • be able to apply a prescriptive marking model
    • demonstrate an ability to follow instructions
    • teach or live in Queensland.

    Marker recruitment sessions

    Recruitment sessions are held during April and May. Sessions will be run depending on the number of applicants.

    If you are successful in the recruitment process, you will be given priority in the appointment of markers in the year of your recruitment.

    2018 Writing Task marker recruitment sessions

    DateTime QCAA location
    Thursday 5 April* 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Monday 9 April* 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Wednesday 11 April* 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Friday 13 April* 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Townsville QCAA office
    Tuesday 17 April 4:15 pm – 8:15 pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Thursday 19 April 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Gold Coast QCAA office
    Monday 23 April 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Thursday 26 April 4:15 pm – 8:15 pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Wednesday 9 May 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Brisbane QCAA office

    2018 Short Response marker recruitment sessions

    DateTime QCAA location
    Tuesday 3 April* 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Wednesday 4 April* 9:30 am – 1:30pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Friday 6 April* 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Tuesday 10 April* 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Thursday 12 April* 12:15 pm – 4:15 pm Townsville QCAA office
    Monday 16 April* 9:30 am – 1:30pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Wednesday 18 April 4:15  pm – 8:15 pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Tuesday 24 April 4:15  pm – 8:15 pm Brisbane QCAA office
    Tuesday 8 May 12:30 am – 4:30 pm Brisbane QCAA office

    * denotes school holidays / student-free day

    Recruitment session venues

    • Brisbane QCAA office: Level 7, 154 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
    • Gold Coast QCAA office: Suite 1, 8 Short Street, Southport
    • Townsville QCAA office: State Government Building, Level 1, 187-209 Stanley St, Townsville

    See for full location and contact details here: QCAA district offices.

    WT marker recruitment session

    WT marker recruitment sessions run for approximately four hours. You will be given background information about the test, information on how students might respond to the stimulus material on a testpaper, and an explanation of what is expected of markers.

    The marking guide will be explained in detail and student responses will be read and discussed. You will mark five sample responses at the recruitment session, and you will be required to take home, mark and return an additional 10 responses. You must demonstrate satisfactory achievement in this marking to be eligible to mark WT responses at a marking operation.

    SR marker recruitment session

    SR marker recruitment sessions run for approximately four hours. You will be given background information about the test and information about marking student responses. You will complete tests that include spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, mathematics and cross-curriculum multiple-choice questions. You must demonstrate satisfactory achievement in these tests to be eligible to mark SR responses at a marking operation.

    Marker selection

    To complete marking within the given timeframe, approximately 210 WT markers and 330 SR markers are needed.

    The selection of markers each year is influenced by a combination of issues and commitments that include:

    • the nature of the test for that year
    • the number of markers required to complete marking within the given timeframe
    • employment of new markers who have been successful in the marker recruitment process for that year
    • employment of a number of markers from outside the Brisbane metropolitan area
    • employment of a number of current Queensland teachers, based on a recognition that experience as a marker provides a significant individual professional development opportunity
    • employment of teachers from as many Queensland schools as possible, based on a recognition that benefits accrue to a teacher's school from their experience as a marker
    • the applicant’s performance in previous marking operations. Factors that may be considered include quality and consistency of marking, pace of marking, receptiveness to receiving feedback, and ability to apply any feedback provided.

    Based on the need for us to reflect these issues 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.

    Offers to mark are made in early July.

    Payment

    Markers are appointed as casual employees and are paid for training as well as for marking.

    More detailed information on payment is sent with offers of appointment.

    Marking operation

    Writing Task Markers Training session $46.17 per hour
    Marking Payment made for each folder of scripts marked. It is based on the notion of an average of $46.17 per hour. The folder rate is estimated as marking progresses.
    Referee marking The payment rate is based on the number of criteria being marked.
    Marking supervisors Exemplar selection $55.85 per hour or Teacher Relief Scheme (TRS)
    Marking operation $55.85 per hour
    Short Response Markers Training session $46.17 per hour
    Marking Payment made for each folder of scripts marked. It is based on the notion of an average of $46.17 per hour. The folder rate is estimated as marking progresses.
    Referee marking The payment rate is based on the number of responses in a folder to be marked.
    Feedback session $46.17 per hour
    Immersers Preparation phase $55.85 per hour
    Compilation phase $55.85 per hour or TRS
    Marking operation $55.85 per hour

    Recruitment session

    We do not pay for time spent at a recruitment session.

    Travel and accommodation arrangements

    Marking operation

    If you live more than 80 kilometres from the marking venue (one way), we may pay for your travel and accommodation. More information will be available when offers of appointment are made.

    Recruitment session

    We do not pay for travel or accommodation expenses to attend a recruitment session. If you live outside the Brisbane metropolitan area and wish to attend a session in Brisbane, you may like to check if your school is able to arrange and pay for you to attend.

    Professional development

    The training received at the marking operation contributes to the continuing professional development requirements for teacher registration.

    Finding out more

    Please email us or phone (07) 3864 0367.

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    Last updated: 7 December 2017

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