Work samples

About work sample portfolios

Each portfolio demonstrates student learning in relation to the achievement standard. When publication is completed for all learning areas, three portfolios will be available for each achievement standard, illustrating satisfactory, above satisfactory and below satisfactory student achievement. The interactive format allows teachers to compare work samples at different levels of achievement to assist them make their judgements.

Each portfolio comprises a collection of students’ work drawn from a range of assessment tasks. There is no predetermined number of student work samples in a portfolio, nor are they sequenced in any particular order. Each work sample in the portfolio may vary in terms of how much student time was involved in undertaking the task or the degree of support provided by the teacher.

The portfolios comprise authentic samples of student work and may contain errors such as spelling mistakes and other inaccuracies. Opinions expressed in student work are those of the student. The portfolios have been selected, annotated and reviewed by classroom teachers and other curriculum experts.

ACARA acknowledges the contribution of Australian teachers in the development of these work sample portfolios.

English, Mathematics and Science work samples, which are currently under review, can still be found as PDF documents.

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