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Home > News > 2019 > September > Professional collaboration critical to new QCAA process

Professional collaboration critical to new QCAA process

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  • QCAA endorsement is the quality assurance process for internal assessments under the new Queensland Certificate of Education system (QCE).
  • Teachers currently preparing Year 11 and 12 assessments for 2019, as well as submitting assessments for endorsement for Year 12 2020, want opportunities for collegial exchange in regard to the new process.
  • Schools should provide time and space for teachers to prepare, discuss and collaborate on the new curriculum and assessment procedures with their colleagues as well as facilitate inter-school collaboration where possible.

New process raises questions

The new QCE system sets a new approach to senior assessment, combining school-based and external assessment.

The new processes aim to strengthen the quality and comparability of school-based assessment. 

Some member reports indicate concerns with the new process, particularly wide-spread uncertainty around how the new process will impact classroom teaching and assessments.

Collegial exchange critical to professional judgement

For teachers currently preparing assessments for 2019 as well as submitting assessments for endorsement for Year 12 2020, opportunities for collegial exchange in regard to the new process are critical.   

To facilitate this, schools providing the time and space for teachers to prepare, discuss and collaborate on the new curriculum and assessment procedures with their colleagues have given considerable assistance in meeting the requirements. 

Inter-school collaboration has also been of assistance in enabling teachers to have the dialogue they need to underpin the professional judgements they are making in regard to these assessments.

For more information, visit https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/certificates-and-qualifications/qce-qcia-handbook-2019/9-internal-assessment-qa


Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.