Validating an assessment tool

Posted by / 29-Jan-2016 05:29

The guides provide tools and resources to help assessors improve assessment practices. Printed copies can be ordered through Australian Training Products.

Use this tool to plan, manage and record your assessment validation activities.

It’s been adapted from resources in the Guides 7 and 10 in the ANTA Assessment Guides.

A Back 2 Basics article on Assessment Validation available in this free national useful newsletter for teachers/trainers and assessors in the VET sector.

This publication provides support and practical information for individuals and groups interested in establishing or extending assessor networks in the VET sector.

In the revised 2005 Standards for Registered Training Organisations Standard 9.2 states that 'The RTO must validate its assessment strategies by: i reviewing, comparing and evaluating the assessment processes, tools and evidence contributing to judgements made by a range of assessors against the same competency standard, at least annually ii documenting any action taken to improve the quality and consistency of assessment.' This really handy resource for practitioners contains a lot of practical material to help assessors and Registered Training Organisations maintain the quality of their assessment systems.

Summarising key current developments and issues this newsletter allows you to quickly see what’s the latest with the Training Packages and other issues related to vocational training.

It includes an overview of how registered training organisations can develop a validation or moderation process, and a range of checklists that assessors can use as part of the assessment review process.

A resource developed by Robin Booth, Berwyn Clayton, Robyn House and Sue Roy (PDF document) can be accessed from this link.

Assessment validation refers to a process where assessors compare and evaluate against the relevant competency standard/s to ensure, validity, reliability, fairness, flexibility and effectiveness of their: Maxwell (2000) suggests that the concept of ‘professional conversation’ is a good way to describe the process that should occur between assessors during assessment validation activities. Assessment validation may be carried out in a range of ways, by assessors from: Why?

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In the last few years the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) has placed a much stronger emphasis on assessment validation as a process to ensure the quality and consistency of assessment.