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Assessment system

Standards: Clause 1.8

The RTO implements an assessment system that ensures that assessment (including recognition of prior learning):

a) complies with the assessment requirements of the relevant training package or VET accredited course;
b) is conducted in accordance with the Principles of Assessment contained in Table 1.8-1 and the Rules of Evidence contained in Table 1.8-2.

Glossary definition: Assessment
Assessment means the process of collecting evidence and making judgements on whether competency has been achieved, to confirm that an individual can perform to the standard required in the workplace, as specified in a training package or VET accredited course.

 
Glossary definition: Assessment system
The assessment system is a coordinated set of documented policies and procedures (including assessment materials and tools) that ensure assessments are consistent and are based on the Principles of Assessment contained in Table 1.8-1 and Rules of Evidence contained in Table 1.8-2.

QCI considerations

Does your RTO have an identifiable assessment system? If so, is it documented and can it be traced from input to output?

A coordinated set of documented policies and procedures would cover:

  • Development of assessment tools
  • Assessment strategies
  • Assessment process
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Assessment appeals (Standard 6)
  • Assessment validation and schedule (Standard 8)

Scenario 1

XYZ RTO makes sure that the assessment tool for a unit consists of the task, the evidence that will be gathered, and the judgement criteria. These are all very clear, so they are comfortable that their assessment tools meet the requirements of the standards.

Question
Do their assessment tools meet the requirements of the standards?

No. They have very clearly articulated assessment instruments, but these are only part of the assessment tool.

 

Scenario 2

XYZ RTO always purchases their assessment tools from a commercial supplier because they feel confident that these will meet the requirements of the training package. They are also reassured because there is a mapping document included with the materials, so they begin using them immediately.

Question
Is it appropriate for the RTO to use the materials immediately?

No. It is the RTO’s responsibility to ensure that assessment tools meet the requirements of the training package, not the commercial supplier’s responsibility. There must be evidence that the RTO has checked the mapping and taken into account the context of their learners. One-size-fits-all is not acceptable.