Teachers are assessed during training, when registered, during their probationary period and throughout the rest of their career. This is irrespective of whether they stay in the classroom or move into leadership positions.
They face varying types of assessment. Assessment types may include formal, structured assessment, peer assessment, self-assessment, teaching standards, the mentoring process and less formal types.
This page links to procedures and programs used in each state & territory, special reviews, reports and more. It includes aspects such as peer reviewing and self-assessment where used.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
- Professional Conduct
Documents on Professional Practice and Ethics.
- School Improvement
Includes information and roles of all members of staff in achieving this.
- Self Assessment Matrix
Self assessment as part of the School Improvement Framework.
New South Wales
- Appraisal Services
‘The AIS provides staff appraisal services in the areas of : Teacher Appraisal, Principal Appraisal and Appraisal of non-teaching staff’.
- Case Studies For Early Career Teachers
Induction Programs. ‘They are working examples of quality induction’.
- Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation
‘ISTAA is responsible for the accreditation of teachers’. Covers teachers at various levels.
- New South Wales Institute of Teachers
Initial and ongoing registration of all teachers.
- Professional Teaching Standards
‘Accreditation at Proficient Teacher / Professional Competence’. Find a copy of the Professional Teaching Standards here.
- Promotion and Transfer
Merit Selection, Promotion & Transfer. Multiple documents. NSW Department of Education and Communities.
- Accountability and Performance Improvement Framework
‘Provides a system of accountability for the whole department including schools, and allows us to monitor and improve the quality of services we provide’. Includes an Overview and Guide for Schools.
- Code of Ethics for Northern
‘Provides a means of clearly identifying and communicating the core values that underpin the professional standards for teaching’.
- Mapping of NT
Standards and Australian Standards
‘Provides a snapshot of the changes and how the Northern Territory Standards of Professional Practice for Teaching align to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers by career stage and domain’.
- Teacher Registration Board
Involved in assessment prior to, and after, employment.
- Professional Standards and Ethics
You can also access the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers site and the Australian Professional Standards for Principals at these links.
- Australian Professional
Standards for Queensland Teachers
Information from Education Queensland and the Queensland College of Teachers. Downloadable documents.
- Develop our Workforce Capability
Information on multiple aspects of this area.
- Draft Expectations of
Word document. Only available to registered IDEAS Connect Schools. You must be able to log in.
- Employee Professional Development Including Study and Research Assistance Scheme [SARAS]
Part of Department of Education Manual. Print a PDF copy.
- Frameworks and Standards
‘These frameworks articulate core values, knowledge, skills and attributes’.
- Guidelines for Professional Practice
Document that ‘Describe[s] the knowledge, skills and abilities that teachers demonstrate while providing relevant and worthwhile learning experiences for students’.
- School Planning, Reviewing and Reporting Framework. Find a copy of the 2011 Framework here.
- Advanced Skills Teachers
Select from the listing on the left.
- Creating and
Sustaining a Performance Development Culture
Covers a range of performance and development areas. The Performance and Development Policy and the Partnerships for Performance are available from these links.
- Managing Underperformance Procedures -
In addition there are documents covering Natural Justice and Procedural Fairness and Natural Justice and Procedural Fairness [Checklist] available here.
- Merit Selection Policy, Procedures and Instructions
Information and documents.
- Workforce Development
Select from the options in the main section, or the menu on the left.
- Code of Professional
Teachers Registration Board.
- Discipline & Inquiries
Covers the relevant part of the Act as well as information on the conduct of investigations, hearings and inquiries.
- Tasmanian Professional Teaching Standards
Information. Downloads include the Competence Standard.
- Teachers Registration Board
‘As well as registering teachers, the Board promotes the teaching profession, takes action to improve professional teaching standards … and develops and maintains a code of professional ethics for the teaching profession’.
- Human Resources - Teacher Registration
Information including forms and resources.
- Promotions and Transfers
Covers a range of positions. Part of the Human Resources - Workforce Management site.
- Performance Management
- Workforce Management
Covers Planning, recruiting and selecting, appointing staff and staff management.
- Complaints, Unsatisfactory Performance and
Overview, policies, procedures, legislation, related topics.
Information on multiple areas, including Senior Teacher, Level 3 Classroom Teacher, National Teacher Certification, School Leaders and Women in Leadership.
- Competency Framework for Teachers
A PDF copy can be downloaded here.
- Employee Performance Policy
‘Policy Statement, procedural fairness’. Download the policy here.
- School Improvement and Accountability
‘Policy Statement, Background, Scope’. Download a copy of the School Improvement and Accountability Framework here.
- Staff Conduct and Discipline
Check the PDF version here.
- Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia
- Achieving School Improvement
Through Challenging and Changing Teachers’ Schema. Article by Helen Timperley and Viviane Robinson.
- Estimating Teacher Effectiveness
From Two-Year Changes in Students’ Test Scores. ‘A paper on teacher effectiveness. So far as I know, it’s the first value-added study conducted outside the United States’. 
- Evaluating the work of teachers in Australian schools - Vision and Reality
‘Argues for an approach to teacher evaluation that reflects the findings of contemporary research’. Edith Cowan University for the AARE Conference, Brisbane, 2002.
- Reflections on Quality Teaching
Article looking at different definitions of quality teaching and what occurs when these don’t match up.
- Review of Teacher Education in New South Wales
Quality Matters. The Ramsey Report.
- Teaching Standards and Teacher Evaluation
Multiple research information collated by ACER.
- Assessing the Effectiveness of School Leaders
“New Directions and New Processes”. ‘US paper describing the elements of a possible new direction in school leader assessment - what should be assessed, and how’. PDF.
- Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
Find all details at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
- Exploring Teacher Peer
Research covering what it is and providing examples of how it can be implemented.
- Evaluation and Rewards
Compiled by the OECD. Link to information on international practices.
- New Arrangements for Teacher
Appraisal and Capability
Department for Education UK.
- Peer Review of Teaching
For Flinders University staff. Details valuable aspects in the process.
- RateMyTeachers Australia
A different kind of assessment !
- Review of
2009. ‘A review of teacher assessment in practice in a number of countries, looking at what works best’.
- Review of Teachers’ Standards :
The Department for Education UK
‘This section contains information about the review, including links to the new teachers’ standards’.
- Spotlight on Teacher Evaluation
‘You get eight articles and a resource guide in a downloadable PDF’. There is a charge but it is very reasonable [US$4.95]
- Teacher Assessment and Development
Use the Content Type links to get Blog Entries, Projects, Products and Publications on this topic.
- Why Assess Teachers - Rethinking
US. Education articles. Fee-based but very reasonable.
- Self- and Peer-Assessment
Now in the Second Edition. You can download the guide at this link.