Nationally consistent collection of data on school students with disability: moderation resource for schools

Umesh Sharma, Michael Arthur Kelly, Kate de Bruin, Claire Menage

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    All schools in Australia participate annually in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). Through this process, data are collected about students across Australia who receive an adjustment to participate in education because of disability. This collection relies on the professional judgement of principals, teachers and other school staff about the level of reasonable adjustments provided to students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students, as well as their broad category of disability. This is consistent with the obligations of all schools under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards).All schools across Australia have been required to participate in the NCCD since 2015. In this context, the purpose of this resource is to assist schools in undertaking within-school moderation to support them in making consistent and reliable decisions about students’ level of adjustment and category of disability. This may be used to inform policy decisions about how to best support students with disability. The moderation resource should be used inconjunction with the current NCCD Guidelines available at
    This resource has three parts.
    Part A (Understanding moderation and key principles) offers a general overview of moderation, suggested membership of the moderation team, and advice on the best time to moderate.
    Part B (Moderation process) provides a sample moderation process that a school might use to undertake moderation.
    Part C (Reference material) presents links to key resources that schools should refer to during the process of moderation to improve the consistency and reliability of their data.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherEducation Council
    Commissioning bodyCouncil of Australian Governments (COAG)
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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