Accreditation in Queensland

 Accreditation in Queensland

This session acquaints teachers of senior subjects with the foundation assessment knowledge required for Accreditation.  Accredited assessors are expected to be highly accomplished assessment practitioners.  They know and understand the principles, practices and technical considerations that inform good assessment in both internal and external assessment contexts and can communicate this information to stakeholders using the language of Accreditation.

Participants will:

Accredited assessors in Queensland: roles and responsbilities

Accredited assessors in Queensland: roles and responsbilities

Assessment serves a number of purposes including to:

·       promote, assist and improve learning

·       inform programs of teaching and learning

·      provide information for those people — students, parents, teachers — who need to know about the           progress and achievements of individual students to help them achieve to the best of their abilities

·       provide information for the issuing of certificates of achievement

·      provide information to those people who need to know how well groups of students are achieving              (school authorities, the State Minister for Education and Training, The Federal Minister for                            Education).

Queensland’s system of senior assessment involves a combination of school-based and external assessments.

It is the role of accredited assessors to lead the quality-assurance processes around school-based and external senior assessment in Queensland.

These processes include:

·       endorsement of school-based assessment instruments before they are used in schools.

·       confirmation of grades awarded by teachers to school-based assessments

·       external assessment development and scrutiny

·       external assessment marking.

Because there must be public confidence that these processes are rigorous, valid and reliable it is the responsibility of accredited assessors to have deep knowledge and understanding of the principles, practices and technical considerations that inform good assessment in both internal and external assessment contexts and to communicate this information to stakeholders using the language of Accreditation.

This includes deep knowledge and understanding of:

·       a subject syllabus

·       a discipline and how to teach its content and skills

·       assessment design

·       grading student work

·       assessment evaluation

·       appropriate ways of communicating assessment information to stakeholders

·       legal and ethical responsibilities 

One of the roles of an accredited assessor is to:

  • confirm results
  • ratify results

One of the roles of an accredited assessor is to:

  • align curriculum, pedagogy and assessment