Designing Assessment Tools

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DESIGNING AND DEVLOPING ASSESSMENT TOOLS 

This section provides an overview on the use and development of assessment tools.

Use of Assessment Tools

Assessment tools provide a means of collecting the evidence that assessors use in making judgements about whether candidates have achieved competency. 

There is no set format or process for the design, production or development of assessment tools. Assessors may use prepared assessment tools, such as those specifically developed to support this Training Package, or they may develop their own.

Using Prepared Assessment Tools

If using prepared assessment tools, assessors should ensure these relate to the current version of the relevant unit of competency. The current unit of competency can be checked on the Training.Gov.au website www.training.gov.au

Developing Assessment Tools

When developing their own assessment tools, assessors must ensure that the tools:

  • are benchmarked against the relevant unit or units of competency;
  • are reviewed as part of the validation of assessment strategies required under the AQTF; and
  • meet the assessment requirements expressed in the AQTF 2010 Essential Standards for Initial and Continuing Registration. 

A key reference for assessors developing assessment tools is TAE10 Training and Education Training Package.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy 

The design of assessment tools must reflect the language, literacy and numeracy competencies required for the performance of a task in the workplace and not exceed these expectations.


CONDUCTING ASSESSMENTS

This section details the mandatory assessment requirements and provides information on equity in assessment including reasonable adjustment.

Mandatory Assessment Requirements 

Assessments must meet the criteria set out in the AQTF 2010 Essential Standards for Initial and Continuing Registration.   For information, the mandatory assessment requirements from Standard 1 from the AQTF 2010 Essential Standards for Initial and Continuing Registration are as follows: 

1.5 Assessment, including Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

  1. meets the requirements of the relevant Training Package or accredited course
  2. is conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence
  3. meets workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements
  4. is systematically validated.

ASSESSMENT OF EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

Employability Skills are integral to workplace competency. As such, they must be considered in the design, customisation, delivery and assessment of vocational education and training programs in an integrated and holistic way, as represented diagrammatically below.

 

Employability Skills are embedded within each unit of competency, and an Employability Skills Summary is available for each qualification. Training providers must use Employability Skills information in order to design valid and reliable training and assessment strategies. This analysis could include: 

  • reviewing units of competency to locate relevant Employability Skills and determine how they are applied within the unit
  • analysing the Employability Skills Summary for the qualification in which the unit or units are packaged to help clarify relevant industry and workplace contexts and the application of Employability Skills at that qualification outcome
  • designing training and assessment to address Employability Skills requirements.

The National Quality Council has endorsed a model for assessing and reporting Employability Skills, which contains further suggestions about good practice strategies in teaching, assessing, learning and reporting Employability Skills. The model is available from <http://www.training.com.au/>.

The endorsed approach includes learners downloading qualification specific Employability Skills Summaries for Training Package qualifications from an online repository at <http://employabilityskills.training.com.au>

For more information on Employability Skills in 

Auto Skills Australia Training Packages go to the Auto Skills Australia website at Auto Skills Australia Website (http://www.autoskillsaustralia.com.au). 

Employability Skills are reported on each qualification using the following statement on the qualification testamur: "A summary of the Employability Skills developed through this qualification can be downloaded from http://employabilityskills.training.com.au "