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AbstractThis paper critiques a 2008 Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) assessment initiative known as Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks, or QCATs. The rhetoric is that these centrally devised assessment tasks will provide information about how well students can apply what they know, understand and can do in different contexts (QSA, 2009). The QCATs are described as "authentic, performance based assessment" that involves a "meaningful problem", "emphasises critical thinking and reasoning"doi:10.1375/s1326011100000879 fatcat:a62f42cuwzb5rkcgwtc7gmhvqm