Information to assist educators who are assessors for national certification or for those who are interested in becoming an assessor
Aspiring assessors are required to have a high-level knowledge and understanding of the APST and a general understanding of the national Certification process.
Having a trained Assessor on staff who has a comprehensive understanding of the APST, and the national Certification process provides great benefits for their school. Assessors contribute to the professional learning of their colleagues through applying an evidence-informed approach to support teacher practice to positively impact student learning.
Eligibility and Conditions
- Assessors must hold current full registration with Queensland College of Teachers.
- Assessors must be employed by a Queensland CSA (unless retired).
- Assessors must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.
- Assessors must not currently be subject to formal performance management processes.
- Assessors must have a minimum of nine years successful teaching and/or education experience, including some of which must have been undertaken in a Catholic school setting within the last five years.
- Assessors must successfully complete all required Assessor training within the timeframe set by the QCT before being appointed.
- Trained assessors will form part of a ‘community of practice’, a pool of CSA Assessors who will be used to undertake assessments of HALT applications.
- QCEC will seek to deploy all Assessors in the pool once before offering a second deployment to an Assessor, to limit the impact of absence on schools hosting Assessors and to make best use of all qualified Assessors.
It is estimated that the time required to undertake the assessment per application for certification will be approximately:
- Assessment Stage 1: 6-8 hours (for Highly Accomplished Teacher) hours, 8-12 hours (for Lead Teacher) assessing the collection of evidence, referee contact, conferring with another Assessor as required and writing a Stage 1 report.
- Assessment Stage 2: Approximately one day to undertake observation of practice (including travel time to site), and 2-3 hours for professional discussions, report writing and to provide recommendation.
- Unsuccessful HALT applicants at Stage 1 do not progress to Stage 2.
- An Assessor in the pool will be appointed to undertake each individual applicant’s assessment taking into consideration: geographical location of the Assessor/applicant, conflict of interest issues and compatibility of Assessor/applicant (i.e. area of expertise, specialisation, level, etc.).
- Principals will need to be prepared to support an Assessor in their school to undertake the training and participate in the assessment processes required in the role in acknowledgement of the potential value to the school in having a trained Assessor on staff.
- An important role of CSA Assessors is to assist with raising understanding and promoting the certification process among teachers in Catholic schools.