A quick way to deal with non-compliances in your assessments

Undertaking quality checks of your assessment tools pre-use or prior to implementation will ensure they are compliant and fit for purpose. Validating your resources as part of the development process ensures your RTOs assessment system provides quality outcomes for students and industry.

Do your assessments meet the unit of competency requirements:

The easiest way to confirm that your assessments reflect the requirements of the unit of competency is to refer to your mapping documents. This analysis should identify if there are any gaps in the evidence being gathered as you will be able to determine at a glance if the performance criteria; knowledge evidence; performance evidence and assessment conditions have all been covered in the assessment tasks provided. Your assessment should also be mapped to the dimensions of competence and foundation skills if required. Look for common issues such as are you assessing performance with written tasks or have all assessment conditions been addressed in your task instructions. If you have not mapped your assessments start with this process and use an assessment mapping matrix template to determine if you have addressed all requirements of the unit of competency in your tools.

Do your assessments address the principles of assessment:

Check the following aspects in your assessment tools to fix non-compliances:

  • Fairness – Do the tasks provide clear instructions on the assessment process and advise of the appeal process and incorporate reasonable adjustment?
  • Flexibility – An appropriate range of assessment methods have been used and evidence being gathered comes from a variety of sources reflecting the needs of learners. This includes RPL or alternative assessment only pathways being options provided.
  • Validity – The evidence being gathered by the tool addresses the requirements of the specific unit of competency including assessment conditions and reflects workplace practice
  • Reliability – The tool provides the assessor with benchmark answers / marking criteria, so judgements are consistently made regardless of who is conducting the assessment.

Do your assessments gather evidence that meet the rules of evidence: 

Check the following aspects in your assessment tools to fix non-compliances:

  • Validity – The evidence collected from the learner confirms they have the skills, knowledge and attributes as reflected in the specific unit of competency
  • Sufficiency – The evidence collected from the learner is enough to confirm that the assessor’s judgement of competence is sound
  • Authenticity – The evidence collected from the learner has been authenticated as their own work e.g. declaration and signaturec
  • Currency – The evidence collected from the learner is considered recent or from the present time

References: 

https://www.asqa.gov.au/standards/training-assessment/clauses-1.8-to-1.12

https://www.asqa.gov.au/resources/videos/video-understanding-assessment

https://www.asqa.gov.au/resources/fact-sheets/conducting-validation

https://www.asqa.gov.au/distance-learning/training-and-assessment

https://www.asqa.gov.au/resources/fact-sheets/using-other-parties-to-collect-assessment-evidence

https://www.asqa.gov.au/resources/guides/guide-developing-assessment-tools

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