Consensus Moderation

The Board of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) has endorsed consensus moderation processes for Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR and General courses in 2023.

Participation in this moderation process is compulsory for all schools delivering a course listed in the table below. In 2023, consensus moderation meetings will be full day meetings conducted in two parts. Part A will be the review of student assessment files and a focus on applying the grade descriptions in a course to determine a grade, while Part B will focus on assessment practice as outlined in the WACE Manual 2023 in Section 2.4. A key aspect to achieving comparability in standards is the development and implementation of valid and appropriate school-based assessment tasks that provide for a comprehensive sampling of the syllabus content and provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of achievement.

A letter regarding the registration process and procedures will be emailed to the principals of schools with courses involved in Consensus Moderation in March 2023.

Preparation for Consensus Moderation Meetings

In preparation for the consensus moderation meetings teachers are required to:

  • retain all student assessment tasks completed prior to the meeting
  • compile a student assessment file indicative of a mid 'A', a mid 'B' and a mid 'C' for the meetings
    (i.e. three files in total)
  • ensure student assessment files meet with the specific requirements of the course, as outlined on the registration page
  • include a copy of the completed assessment tasks and marking keys in each student assessment file
  • include a copy of the assessment outline in each student assessment file.

The following Year 11 and Year 12 General and ATAR courses are in consensus moderation in 2023:

General Courses

Year 11

Earth and Environmental Science

Religion and Life

Modern History


Year 12

Computer Science

Health Studies


Outdoor Education


ATAR Courses

Year 11

Accounting and Finance

French: Second Language


Italian: Second Language

Health Studies

Japanese: Second Language

Marine and Maritime Studies

Mathematics Methods

Year 12

Politics and Law