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The QSA is committed to equity in education and to providing services and materials that challenge inequities and contribute to Queensland students receiving a socially just education. All QSA materials contain information regarding the equitable education of all students. The following policies, statements and learning resources detail and support this commitment.

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Equity statement

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives

The QSA is working to increase awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Queensland schools. More information on QSA strategies, resources, projects and initiatives is available in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives section of the website.

Supporting students with diverse learning needs

The needs of students with diverse learning needs must be considered in a proactive way – to design inclusive learning and assessment programs, and to provide opportunities for alternative assessment arrangements. Inclusive strategies enable a learner with diverse learning needs to participate in learning experiences on the same basis as a learner without disabilities.

A teacher makes required adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment to enable a student with diverse learning needs to demonstrate knowledge, skills or competencies.

The NAPLAN Test Preparation Handbook describes reasonable adjustments to standard assessment requirements to enable equitable assessment access and participation for all students.

The QCS Test Special Provisions Handbook details what reasonable adjustments can be made to standard assessment requirements to enable equitable assessment access and participation for all students.

The QCIA recognises the schooling achievements of students who have impairments or difficulties in learning. The QCIA reports the specific learning achievements of students who are undertaking an individualised learning program.

Planning for equity in the curriculum

The Early Years Curriculum Guidelines and the Years 1 to 10 syllabuses and guidelines include information about equity in the curriculum.

Building Student Success provides information on planning for the diverse needs of all learners in Years 1–9.

Each of the QSA's senior syllabuses provides guidance about educational equity in the senior phase of learning.

The Moderation and quality assurance section of the website details the policies and procedures for making reasonable educational adjustments to assessment conditions to enable equitable assessment access and participation for all students.

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Last reviewed: 5 September 2013

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