The Board of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) has endorsed consensus moderation processes for Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR and General courses in 2021.
Participation in this moderation process is compulsory for all schools delivering a course in the table below. In 2021, consensus moderation meetings will be full day meetings conducted in two parts. Part A will be the review of student assessment files and a focus on applying the grade descriptions in a course to determine a grade, while Part B will focus on assessment practice as outlined in the WACE Manual 2021 in Section 2.4. A key aspect to achieving comparability in standards is the development and implementation of valid and appropriate school-based assessment tasks that provide for a comprehensive sampling of the syllabus content, and provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of achievements.
A letter regarding the registration process and procedures will be emailed to the principals of schools with courses involved in Consensus Moderation on Thursday, 26 March 2021.
Preparation for Consensus Moderation Meetings
In preparation for the consensus moderation meetings teachers are required to:
- retain all student assessment tasks completed prior to the meeting
- compile a student assessment file indicative of a mid 'A', a mid 'B' and a mid 'C' for the meetings (i.e. three files in total)
- ensure student assessment files meet with the specific course requirements as outlined during the registration period in March
- include a copy of the assessment tasks and marking keys in each student assessment file
- include a copy of the assessment outline in each student assessment file
- prepare a proposed grade distribution for the course to submit at the meeting.
The following Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR and General courses are in consensus moderation in 2021:
Courses in Consensus Moderation in 2021
Chinese: Second Language
Indonesian: Second Language
German: Second Language
Applied Information Technology
Automotive Engineering and Technology
Building and Construction
Accounting and Finance
Animal Production Systems
Marine and Maritime Studies
Plant Production Systems
Food Science and Technology