Information needed for External Benchmarking of Assessment

When preparing information for assessment to be reviewed by an external reviewer, the Peer Review Portal requires a set of information to be uploaded.

Requirements for the Peer Review Portal

You need to upload the information outlined below because a peer review of assessment requires:

  1. external moderation of assessment
  2. review of subject outlines and assessment documentation.

You can upload information in various file types, but pdf is preferred.

Uploading information

To upload any file to the Peer Review Portal in the Uploads page:

  1. Go to the Uploads step.
  2. Click on the box marked Add.
  3. Give your document a title.
  4. Drag and drop the file from your drive into the box marked Click or drop your file here.
  5. If your material is available publicly, you may choose the link option instead to link to it.

Items to be included

Items marked with * are mandatory. Others are optional, but can provide useful information to support the review.

Everywhere a title is added, there must be an accompanying file, and vice versa. Otherwise the system will not complete the review site. Please ensure that you have both files and matching titles in each section you have uploaded.

Memorandum of Understanding *

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been created and will be uploaded to the site by the Institutional Managers when the subject site is created. There is no need to create a new MOU.

Context Statement

While this is not mandatory, it is recommended to give context about your subject to the reviewer.

A context statement can contain information about the subject or assessment that you think would aid the reviewer in their review of your subject outline and assessment.

Subject Outline *

This is usually a pdf of the latest subject outline for the assessment tasks to be reviewed. E.g. if you are asking for review of 201930 assessment tasks, the related subject outline must be uploaded.

Course Learning Outcomes

You can upload a list of related course learning outcomes if you wish, but these are not required.

Grading Guidelines

Grading guidelines can be uploaded but as these are usually included in the subject outline, they are not mandatory.


Rubrics can be uploaded here but as these are usually included in the subject outline, they are not mandatory.

Other Supporting Material

This section is for any other information that you think will help the reviewer with their analysis and moderation of your assessment tasks. It is not mandatory and can be left blank if not required.

Assessment Tasks *

Copies of the assessment task and its rubric are uploaded for each task under review. All tasks or selected tasks can be sent for review. You should upload:

  • a range of samples of student work that has been de-identified for each task covering all grades possible in the task
  • clean copies that do not have marks or markings included
  • each task sample as an individual assessment and insert its related grade in the space provided.

Results are returned with comments for each individual task so please do not upload a zip file of all tasks together.

How sets should appear

The image below shows how each set of assessment task information should appear in the uploads page. Repeat this process for each assessment task to be reviewed.

It is recommended to have at least 5 samples for each assessment task being moderated across the range of grades.

For example, for 3 tasks, include 5 samples for each grade level for a total of 15 samples. If you have multiple offerings, you can choose from either one of the offerings, or a sample from each of the offerings but still no more than 15 samples.