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									                        Validation Information Sheet
                        Validation of assessment tools
                        TAFE Development Unit / Planning Section



Purpose

The purpose of this fact sheet is to assist TAFE Heads of Programs and Program
Coordinators to plan, implement and review validation of assessment strategies for
courses/qualifications. Standard 9.2 of the AQTF Standards for Registered Training
Organisations requires RTOs to validate assessment strategies by reviewing, comparing and
evaluating the assessment processes, tools and evidence contributing to judgements made
by a range of assessors against the same standards at least annually.

Other fact sheets

This information sheet is one of a series that includes:
    General validation information
    Validating the assessment process
    Validation of assessment tools
    Validating the evidence contributing to the assessment judgement

Validation of assessment tools

This information has been extracted from Learning and Assessment Strategies, Part 2: Resource
Guide developed by VETASSESS (Victorian Education and Training Assessment Services) with
support from ANTA (Australian National Training Authority), 2002, p. 57-58, and has been reproduced
with permission from ANTA.

“An evidence-gathering or assessment tool comprises:

        The instrument(s)--- the specific questions or activities developed from the selected
         assessment method(s) to be used for the assessment (a profile of acceptable
         performance and decision-making rules for the assessor may also be included)

        Procedures --- the information/instructions given to the candidate and/or the assessor
         regarding conditions under which the assessment should be conducted and recorded.

The validation of evidence-gathering/assessment tools is designed to ensure the quality and
validity of the tools before their use. The process builds consistency by ensuring that
assessment tools meet specified criteria in their development.

It is crucial that tools used to gather evidence are based on an accurate interpretation of the
competency standards and use appropriate methods for gathering evidence that enable the
assessor to make an informed judgement on the candidate’s competence.

The validation of evidence-gathering/assessment tools is a process designed to ensure that
the tools reflect the requirements of the relevant Training Package, are able to be applied in a
range of practical settings and meet the RTO’s quality standards.




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                        Validation Information Sheet
                        Validation of assessment tools
                        TAFE Development Unit / Planning Section



The validation process may include:

      Expert review of the evidence-gathering/assessment tools by individuals with
       expertise in assessment and the relevant Training Package
     Field or pilot testing of the assessment tools with groups of assessors and candidates
     Peer review of the tools by assessors in the relevant industry
     “workshopping” the tools with assessors and other key stakeholders in the relevant
       industry sector.
The validation of the evidence-gathering/assessment tools may involve a number of
approaches. Regardless of the approaches used, a review should generate feedback about
the usefulness of the tool and any required changes. The evaluation should ensure that the
assessment tool:
     is benchmarked against the current version of the relevant Training Package(s)
     was developed in consultation with industry and has been effectively trialled
     facilitates assessment practices that are reliable, valid, flexible, consistent and fair
     incorporates clear, concise and accurate advice to assessors on how it should be
       used
     takes into account the need for reasonable adjustment in the assessment process
     supports assessment processes that are inclusive and non-discriminatory
     represents good value for money
     is of a production quality ensuring that the tool is durable, attractive to the candidate
       and assessor and fit for purpose
     can be successfully implemented in the relevant enterprise or RTO, taking into
       account the characteristics of the candidates, assessors and the assessment context.

Assessment tools that carry the ANTA quality logo have been evaluated against the criteria
above. This means that an independent evaluator has checked them for consistency with
these points.”

UB TAFE staff
If you are using assessment tools with the ANTA quality logo, you can be assured that they
have been through a vigorous validation process. There will still be, however, a need to
ensure that the assessment process and assessor judgements about the evidence gathered
are validated.

Evidence
Evidence for validation of assessment tools may include:
 Draft tools
 Minutes, agendas, reports on outcomes of meetings where tools are validated
 Feedback from clients (surveys, interview notes, letters or other written materials)
 Use of Validation Evidence pro-forma (available on TAFE Teaching and Learning Support
   website)
 E-mail between assessors
 Records of benchmark activities (visits to other RTOs, Network meetings where tools are
   shared)
 Review checklists
 Guidelines for tool development
 Exemplar/sample tools/templates


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                        Validation Information Sheet
                        Validation of assessment tools
                        TAFE Development Unit / Planning Section




Further Information
Further information about validating assessment tools can be found:
 TAFE Development Unit staff, extension # 2644 or # 8257
 Training Package Assessment Materials project guides:
   http://www.ballarat.edu.au/vfed/teaching_support/learning_assessment/assessment_strat
   egies/assessment_strategies_index.shtml
 Australian National Training Authority Website: www.anta.gov.au




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