Teachers face assessment from the time they commence training. They continue this when they take up their first position, during their probationary period and through the rest of their career, irrespective of whether they remain in the classroom or move into leadership positions that do not involve a formal teaching component.
During their career they face varying forms of assessment. The first is as part of registration, then their probationary process. Others may include assessment for promotion, as part of professional development in the school setting or with further education, when seeking specialist positions, … .
Assessment types may include formal, structured assessment, peer assessment, self-assessment, teaching standards, the mentoring process and many less formal areas.
This page gives access to procedures and programs used in each state & territory, special reviews and reports and more. It includes aspects such as peer reviewing and self-assessment where used.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
- Professional Conduct
Includes several PDF documents on Professional Practice and Ethics.
- School Improvement
Document covering relevant information and roles of all members of staff in achieving this.
- Self Assessment
‘Self assessment is a process that supports schools in improving learning and teaching through ongoing reflection and review. School self assessment is a whole school process of goal-setting regarding student learning, and sets in motion a continuous cycle of internal self-review’.
New South Wales
- Appraisal Services
‘The AIS provides staff appraisal services for member schools primarily in the areas of : Teacher Appraisal, Principal Appraisal and Appraisal of non-teaching staff. Please click on the menu items on the left for more information on these areas’.
- Case Studies Of Mentoring
Beginning Teacher Induction Programs. ‘Provides a framework for orientation to teaching practice in public education, orientation to work in each school as well as induction into the teaching profession generally’.
- Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation
‘Established by AIS NSW in support of raising the professional status of teachers in the NSW and ACT independent sectors. This Authority formally recognises the achievements of teachers within the classroom, school and educational community’. Part of the wider Teacher Accreditation section of the AIS.
- New South Wales Institute of Teachers
Now does the initial and ongoing registration of teachers.
- Professional Teaching
‘Describe[s] what teachers need to know, understand and be able to do as well as providing direction and structure to enhance the preparation, support and development of teachers’. You can download a copy of the Professional Teaching Standards here.
- Promotion and Transfer
Merit Selection, Promotion & Transfer. Includes documentation. NSW Department of Education and Training.
- Public Reviews & Inquiries
- Accountability and Performance Improvement Framework
‘The Accountability and Performance Improvement Framework is an initiative to improve employment, education and training outcomes in the Northern Territory. It 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
‘The development and maintenance of a code of ethics by the profession 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
‘The mapping document 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. The NT TRB acknowledges that there will be a period of transition for both provisionally registered and fully registered teachers’.
- Teacher Registration Board
Involved in assessment prior to, and after, being employed.
- Professional Standards and Ethics
‘The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers fulfils the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory’s statutory requirements under section 11 [f] and [h] of the Teacher Registration [Northern Territory] Act. The standards and their descriptors represent an analysis of effective contemporary practice by teachers throughout Australia ’. You can access the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers on this site and the Australian Professional Standards for Principals here.
- Achieving School Improvement
Through Challenging and Changing Teachers’ Schema. Article by Helen Timperley and Viviane Robinson.
- Applying for Teacher
Document includes information on assessment.
- 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
Part of Department of Education Manual. You can Print a PDF copy from the page.
- Professional Standards for
Includes information from both Education Queensland and the Queensland College of Teachers in downloadable documents.
- Professional Practice,
Document that ‘describe[s] the knowledge, skills and abilities that teachers demonstrate while providing relevant and worthwhile learning experiences for individuals and groups of students’.
- Professional Standards …
Documents on the development and implementation of professional standards. [Learning and Development Foundation]
- Performance and Professional Development
Home page for a range of information on multiple aspects of this area.
- School Planning, Reviewing and Reporting
A copy of the 2011 Framework can be downloaded here.
- Advanced Skills
Information about ASTs and AST1 and AST2 positions. Check menu on the left for further details.
- 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 brochure are both available from this site.
- Managing Underperformance Procedures -
‘Provides guidance on the process of addressing underperformance for [this group] in the Department’. In addition there are a range of documents covering Natural Justice and Procedural Fairness [Overview] and Natural Justice and Procedural Fairness [Checklist] available here.
- Merit Selection Policy, Procedures and Instructions
Information and documents on merit selection. Select from the listing provided.
- Professional Development User
Document from Human Resources which also includes information about Performance Management and links to a Personal Development Plan.
- Workforce Development
Select from the options available in the main section, or from the menu on the left.
- Code of Professional
For The Teaching Profession in Tasmania.
- 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 plus various downloads including 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
Information on Teachers Registration, including forms and resources.
- Human Resources - Workforce Management, Careers
Covers Promotions and Transfers for a range of positions as well as career structures for these.
- Human Resources - Workforce
‘Workforce management is a planning and accountability framework for principals and managers that ensures the Department’s strategic priorities and objectives are delivered in an efficient and cost effective way, whilst providing for fairness in human resource management practice’.
- Human Resources - Workforce Management,
Performance Management for all staff groups.
- Human Resources - Workforce
‘For policy and operational information about workforce management in schools, select from the following’.
- Human Resources - Workforce Management,
What is involved when there is unsatisfactory staff performance.
Includes information on multiple areas, some of which are Senior Teacher, Level 3 Classroom Teacher, National Teacher Certification, School Leaders and Women in Leadership.
- Competency Framework for Teachers
Also check the PDF version here.
- Employee Performance Policy
‘Policy Statement, Background, Scope’. Download a copy of the policy from here.
- School Improvement and Accountability
‘Policy Statement, Background, Scope’ Covers areas such as self-assessment and review. You can download a copy of the School Improvement and Accountability Framework here.
- Staff Conduct and Discipline
Check the PDF version as it is no longer available in HTML.
- Western Australian College of Teaching
Teacher Registration body.
Australian Research :
- 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 to be conducted outside the United States’. Other comments can be found at the author’s blog.
- Evaluating the work of teachers in Australian schools - Vision and Reality
‘This paper argues for an approach to teacher evaluation that reflects the findings of contemporary research’. A paper from Edith Cowan University for the AARE Conference, Brisbane, 2002.
- Review of Teacher Education in New South
Quality Matters. The Ramsey Report.
- Teaching Standards and Teacher Evaluation
Access multiple research information collated by ACER.
- Assessing the Effectiveness of School Leaders
New Directions and New Processes. ‘A 15 page US paper describing the elements of a possible new direction in school leader assessment - what should be assessed, and how’. PDF format.
- Draft National
Professional Standards for Teachers 2010
Find details of the process, download the document.
- A National Framework for Professional Standards For Teaching 2003
- Exploring Teacher Peer
Teachers Evaluating Teachers. Research covering what it is and providing examples of how it can be implemented.
- Evaluation and Rewards
Brief article compiled by the OECD with a link to information on international practices.
- New Arrangements for Teacher
Appraisal and Capability
Department for Education UK. ‘Following a public consultation between May and August 2011, new arrangements for managing teacher performance in England have been introduced. They came into force on 1 September 2012’.
- Professional Learning
‘The purpose of this policy is to ensure that professional learning and development support the growth of a successful, skilled, innovative workforce and inspiring leadership in the Department of Education’.
- Peer Review of
For Flinders University staff. Details valuable aspects in the process.
- RateMyTeachers Australia
A different kind of assessment ! ‘Teacher ratings by students and parents’.
- Reflections on Quality Teaching
Article looking at different definitions of quality teaching and what occurs when these don’t match up.
- Review of
2009. Evidence of what works best and issues for development. ‘A review of teacher assessment in practice in a number of countries, looking at what works best and the implications for assessing pupils’ progress’.
- Review of Teachers’ Standards :
The Department for Education UK
‘This section contains information about the review, including links to the new teachers’ standards and to both reports including the proposed Master Teacher standard; the review’s terms of reference; information about the teachers’ standards review group; and questions and answers ’.
- Spotlight on Teacher
‘The Education Week Spotlight on Teacher Evaluation is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors. You get these 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
[Stanford Centre for Opportunity Policy in Education]
Use the Content Type links to get Blog Entries, Projects, Products and Publications on this topic.
- Top Teachers To Get Financial
‘One in ten, or 25 000 primary and secondary teachers, will benefit from the plan which will cost $1.3 billion to 2018. Teachers will be assessed through student performance data, lesson observations, parental feedback and teacher qualifications’. ABC News,
- Why Assess Teachers - Rethinking
US based. Education articles include this one on ‘Why Assess Teachers ?’, covering principles and essential questions.
- Self- and Peer-Assessment
Guidance on Practice in the Biosciences. You can download the guide at this link. Part of a series of guides.