Myth # 4: Resubmission

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  • "A resubmission must be offered to all students."

  • "I can show students what they should fix up."

  • "I can offer multiple resubmission opportunities."

  • "A student cannot be awarded anything higher than Achieved for a resubmission."

  • "All students should be given 30 minutes to complete their resubmission."


  • A resubmission:
    • can only be offered to individual students to identify or correct a minor error preventing the award of a higher grade
    • must take place as soon as possible after the assessment has been completed
    • can only be offered where the teacher judges the student should be capable of discovering and correcting the minor errors themselves in a short period of time
    • can be offered after either the first or the one further assessment opportunity.
  • If there are a lot of changes to be made, or they are significant, it is not a resubmission.
  • Teachers must only give general feedback and must take care not to over-direct the students. They must ensure that students’ work is authentic.
  • Only one resubmission can be provided per assessment event.
  • Further teaching and specific feedback cannot occur between the final submission date and the resubmission.
  • A student must have access to any grade after a resubmission (Not achieved, Achieved, Merit and Excellence).
  • The amount of time provided for a resubmission depends on the nature of the assessment and how authenticity can be assured.
  • Resubmission rules for Industry Training Organisation owned unit standards may differ. You must follow the rules of the standard setting body.

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Some other things to think about

  • In managing resubmissions, all students need to be treated equitably.
  • Teachers should use professional judgement to decide on a reasonable timeframe, bearing in mind that no further teaching or learning can take place prior to a submission.
  • If the evidence is gathered by portfolio, or over an extended period, the use of checkpoints and feedback/feedforward will usually remove the need for a resubmission.
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