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Moderation is a process where teachers compare judgements to either confirm or adjust them.

The process involves close collaboration to establish a shared understanding of what achievement of syllabus standards looks like and whether or not the student has demonstrated achievement of the syllabus standard. Teachers work towards making judgements that are consistent and comparable.

What purposes can moderation serve in supporting consistency in teacher judgement?

  • Develop shared or common interpretations of standards and expectations of what constitutes achievement of syllabus standards
  • Develop shared understandings of what students’ achievements look like
  • Develop accuracy and reliability in making judgements
  • Ensure judgements are equitable in terms of implications for student learning
  • Strengthen the value of teachers’ judgements
  • Inform well-targeted teaching programs
  • Make judgements in relation to syllabus standards
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Curriculum K-12