Myth # 3: Managing authenticity

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  • "Publicly available tasks can be used unmodified."

  • "All students need to complete their assessment at the same time to ensure authenticity."

  • "Group work cannot be assessed."

  • "Authenticity checks are not necessary if an authenticity declaration is signed."

  • "Digital assessment allows more opportunity for authenticity breaches."

  • "You can withdraw a student's entry for a proven breach of authenticity."


  • Publicly sourced assessment material must be changed. Changes can include:
    • specific figures or text
    • data sets or sources
    • contexts, topics or performance opportunities.
  • Students do not need to complete the same assessment task and they do not need to be assessed at the same time. Some students may require a separate task or context to ensure authentic work is submitted.
  • Tasks can be broken into group and individual components to identify individual evidence.
  • Assessors can monitor the authenticity of student work as it is developed and during the marking process through:
    • regular check points
    • submission of plans and drafts
    • oral questioning to confirm understanding
    • requiring a repeat performance, if in doubt
    • being familiar with or controlling resources available
    • referencing and bibliographies
    • monitoring revision changes
    • using plagiarism software or internet searches of suspicious phrases.
  • A 'Not Achieved' must be reported for proven breaches of authenticity that compromise a student's result.
  • School policy will determine whether a proven breach of authenticity for internally assessed standards is an acceptable reason for a further assessment opportunity (Assessment Rules).

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Some things to think about

  • Authenticity checks provide assurance that evidence produced is a student's own work.
  • Inauthentic work may be a result of:
    • a lack of understanding of the assessment task or what constitutes inauthentic work and plagiarism
    • copying from another person or public source, or plagiarism
    • too much guidance from a teacher, assessor, parent or tutor
    • willingly sharing work with other students.
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