Thursday, November 12, 2009

Writing Test Markers Required for 2010

(From the VCAA Bulletin November 2009)
National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The VCAA is responsible for the implementation of NAPLAN testing in Victoria. The NAPLAN
Writing test for Victorian students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be held on Tuesday 11 May 2010. The VCAA is seeking applications from current and retired teachers to participate in this challenging and important project.
Markers have the option of marking online at metropolitan marking centres in Nunawading and Coburg or from home during the evening or day. Non-metropolitan teachers with home broadband internet connection are welcome to apply.

A great professional development opportunity

In addition to the rich and rewarding experience gained from reading and evaluating a wide range of writing from across the state and across sectors, markers participate in VCAA training sessions which help meet standards of professional practice required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Training requirement
The VCAA expects to hold new marker training sessions at the VCAA Coburg Assessment Centre on Saturday 8 May 2010. New and experienced markers are also required to attend one-day training on Saturday 15, or Sunday 16 or Monday 17 May. All applicants should ensure that they are available on the training dates, and throughout the marking period.

Marking commitment
Marking of the NAPLAN writing test will take approximately 23 days, beginning on 18 May and concluding around 8 June. Markers must commit to an average of four hours marking each day for day session markers and three hours each day for evening markers.

Appointment criteria

New markers are appointed on the basis of their teaching experience and other relevant experience such as participation in large scale marking projects. Experienced NAPLAN markers are reappointed each year on the basis of their marking accuracy and demonstrated commitment to the marking project.

All marking appointments are for the duration of the 2010 marking project only.

How to apply

Applications may only be completed online through the SSMS system. Applicants should go to the SSMS website at:

Applications open on
Monday 26 October 2009 and close on 1 March 2010 or when the marker quota is filled.