Assessment Validation

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Assessment Validation

  1. 1. What is assessment validation? <ul><li>Assessment validation involves comparing, evaluating and reviewing assessment processes, methods and tools and the subsequent assessment decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Ensures that the assessment processes, methods, tools and decisions are valid and reliable </li></ul><ul><li>Assists assessors and their organisations to ensure consistent assessment to the standard required </li></ul><ul><li>Can be applied to a range of assessment activities, products and processes </li></ul>
  2. 2. Your role in assessment validation <ul><li>May include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtaining, reading and interpreting materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submitting your materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participating in assessment validation activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussing validation findings </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. AQTF and assessment validation <ul><li>Validation is part of an organisation’s quality processes – continuous improvement </li></ul><ul><li>For RTO’s, it is a requirement of AQTF 2007 that </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The RTO collects, analyses and acts on relevant data for continuous improvement of training and assessment. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Assessment validation needs to be: <ul><li>A formalised process that is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted at a specific audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on identified areas such as assessment methods and tools </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Purposes of validation <ul><li>Demonstrate compliance with the AQTF standards for RTO’s </li></ul><ul><li>Provide evidence for external and/or internal audits </li></ul><ul><li>Improve assessment practices </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the quality of assessment tools </li></ul><ul><li>Provide professional development for assessors </li></ul>
  6. 6. Purposes of validation cont… <ul><li>Increase assessor and facilitator confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Determine whether different assessors/facilitators using the same tools collect the same types and levels of evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Determine whether different assessors/facilitators interpret the same evidence similarly </li></ul><ul><li>Determine whether assessment decisions reflect the rules of evidence </li></ul>
  7. 7. Validation could identify whether: <ul><li>Assessment policies and procedures are effective and are being followed </li></ul><ul><li>Candidates are receiving the kind of information they need about assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment resources are properly designed </li></ul><ul><li>Assessors are assessing consistently </li></ul>
  8. 8. Materials <ul><li>Samples of assessments & assessment tools </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence and assessment decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Benchmark – Unit of Competency – performance criteria and range statements </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence guide </li></ul>
  9. 9. Contributing to validation <ul><li>It is important to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be prepared (pre-reading, making initial notes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate openly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to other assessors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask probing questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check documentation for accuracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to the discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to and clarify recommendations for improvement </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Analysing and documenting validation <ul><li>What has been discovered? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the recommendations for improvement? </li></ul><ul><li>How will we document recommendations? </li></ul><ul><li>What action/s will be taken as a result of assessment validation? </li></ul>

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