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’.
Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW [previously NSW Institute of Teachers]. Initial and ongoing registration of all teachers.
- 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.
NSW Professional Teaching Standards
‘Accreditation at Proficient Teacher / Professional Competence’. Download 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’. 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.
- Develop our Workforce Capability
Information on multiple aspects of this area.
- 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 under “Teachers” in the menu 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.
- 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
Select for 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.
Multiple areas, including Senior Teacher, Level 3 Classroom Teacher, National Teacher Certification, School Leaders, Women in Leadership.
- Competency Framework for Teachers
A PDF copy is found 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
- Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
Find all details at the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
- Establishing a National
Certification System for Teachers : How are we doing ?
2013, Lawrence Ingvarson. ‘There are many aspects to this question, but, undoubtedly, building its own independent professional certification system would have to be one of the key strategies for strengthening teaching as a profession’.
- Good Teachers, Excellent Teachers
2008, Lawrence Ingvarson. ‘A rigorous profession-wide certification system is the best way of assuring the public that improved salaries for accomplished teachers will be linked to high standards of performance’.
- Interim Report on Baseline Implementation - 2013 Key
2014, AITSL. ‘Evaluation of the implementation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers’. Download the report [PDF]. Overview, highlights, related resources, more.
- Output Measurement in
2009, Andrew Dowling, ACER. ‘An approach that measures educational ‘outputs’ through student, school and teacher assessment is needed to ensure accountability in the education system’.
- Standards for Beginning Teachers
2013, ACER. ‘The need for teaching standards that describe what good teachers know and do has never been clearer’.
- Teacher Professional Standards,
Accountability, and Ideology : Alternative Discourses
2011, Katarina Tuinamuana. ‘Explores some of the related debates through a discussion of four discourses on teacher professional standards’.
- Teaching Standards
and MESH Guides
2014, Lawrence Ingvarson. ‘Professional standards for teachers and the MESH [Mapping Educational Specialist knowHow] have similar objectives’.
- Assessing the Effectiveness of School Leaders
2009. “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.
- Attracting, Developing
and Retaining Effective Teachers
2005, OECD. ‘This is a collaborative project to assist governments design and implement teacher policies to improve teaching and learning in schools’.
Developing and Sustaining a High-Quality Teacher Force
2013, Linda Darling-Hammond. ‘Describes, in brief, the strategies used to develop and support high-quality teaching in three cities from different nations on three separate continents’.
- One Piece of the Whole
Teacher Evaluation as Part of a Comprehensive System for Teaching and Learning. 2014, Linda Darling-Hammond, USA. ‘Evaluation in its current form often contributes little either to teacher learning or to accurate, timely information for personnel decisions’.
- New Teacher-Evaluation Systems Face
2009, Stephen Sawchuk. ‘Stimulus funds require districts to revamp teacher yardsticks’.
- Peer Review of Teaching
For Flinders University staff. Details aspects of the process.
- RateMyTeachers Australia
A different kind of assessment !
- The Myths [and Truths] of Teacher Evaluation
Kenneth D Peterson.
The Two Purposes of Teacher Evaluation
2012, Robert J. Marzano. ‘An evaluation system that fosters teacher learning will differ from one whose aim is to measure teacher competence’.
- Review of Teachers’ Standards
Department for Education, UK. ‘Contains information about the review, including links to the new teachers’ standards’.
- Spotlight on Teacher Evaluation
‘Eight articles and a resource guide in a downloadable PDF’. There is a charge but it is reasonable [US$4.95]
- Teacher Appraisal and
Department for Education UK.
- Teacher Assessment and Development
Use the Content Type links to get Blog Entries, Projects, Products and Publications on this topic.
- Why Assess Teachers - Rethinking
USA. Education articles. Fee-based but very reasonable.
- Self- and Peer-Assessment
Now in the Second Edition. You can download the guide at this link.