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Prepare to develop an assessment tool
1.1 Clarify tool purpose, target group and context of assessment 1.2 Analyse target group characteristics and identify their needs relevant to assessment tool design and development 1.3 Access and analyse nationally recognised units of competency to identify what is required to demonstrate competence 1.4 Analyse available assessment instruments for their suitability for use, and identify required modifications
Plan and design an assessment tool
2.1 Review own skills and knowledge required to develop the assessment tool and identify gaps in subject matter expertise, industry relevance and industry currency 2.2 Address identified gaps according to organisational procedures 2.3 Determine steps and estimate time needed for the design and development of assessment tool 3. Design assessment tool 3.1 Review and select assessment methods appropriate to purpose, target group, required evidence collection and assessment context 3.2 Check and confirm that combination of assessment methods meets unit of competency requirements and supports principles of assessment and rules of evidence 3.3 Identify instruments required to collect evidence using selected assessment methods and according to organisational requirements
Develop an assessment tool
4.1 Record the context and conditions for assessment 4.2 Develop tasks to be administered to candidates 4.3 Develop outline of evidence to be gathered from candidate 4.4 Develop instruments to be used to collect evidence from candidate in line with universal design principles and according to legislative and regulatory requirements 4.5 Develop criteria to be used to make judgements about whether competence has been achieved 4.6 Develop administration, recording and reporting requirements 4.7 Develop instructions for assessor and for candidate 4.8 Map assessment tool to the nationally recognised training product 4.9 Document draft assessment tool according to organisational procedures
Finalise the assessment tools
5.1 Undertake a systematic review of the assessment tool according to organisational procedures 5.2 Trial assessment tool to validate its content and applicability 5.3 Collect and document feedback on assessment tool and amend tool as required 5.4 Finalise and store assessment tool according to organisational procedures
TAEASS512 – Design and develop assessment tools
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Completing the Assessment Tool Development Process

Here’s a breakdown of the final steps to finalise your assessment tool:

Develop Criteria to Judge Competence:

  • Alignment with Performance Criteria: Ensure the criteria for judging competence directly correspond to the performance criteria outlined in the unit of competency.
  • Specificity and Measurability: Define clear, specific, and measurable criteria that leave minimal room for interpretation. Use terms like “demonstrates,” “applies,” “completes,” and avoid subjective phrases.
  • Levels of Achievement: Consider establishing different levels of achievement (e.g., Satisfactory, Not Satisfactory) with clear descriptions of what each level entails.

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Develop Administration, Recording and Reporting Requirements:

  • Administration Procedures: Outline the steps involved in administering the assessment, including:
    • Preparation and set-up requirements.
    • Instructions for assessors on conducting the assessment.
    • Procedures for providing reasonable adjustments.
  • Recording and Documentation: Describe how assessment results and evidence will be recorded and stored securely.
  • Reporting: Specify the format and timeframe for reporting assessment outcomes to relevant stakeholders (students, RTO).

Develop Instructions for the Assessor and for Candidate:

  • Assessor Instructions: Provide comprehensive instructions for assessors on:
    • Understanding the assessment purpose and criteria.
    • Administering the assessment tasks fairly and consistently.
    • Applying the assessment criteria objectively.
    • Providing constructive feedback to candidates.
  • Candidate Instructions: Develop clear and easy-to-understand instructions for candidates on:
    • Understanding the assessment tasks and expectations.
    • Completing the assessment tasks effectively.
    • What resources are allowed (if any).
    • The appeals process (if applicable).

Map the Assessment Tool to the Nationally Recognised Training Product:

  • Alignment Matrix: Develop a table mapping the assessment tasks within the tool to the specific learning objectives and performance criteria of the unit of competency.
  • Rationale: Provide a brief explanation for how the assessment tool effectively measures the intended learning outcomes and performance criteria.

Document Draft Assessment Tool According to Organisational Procedures:

  • Follow your RTO’s specific procedures for documenting and approving assessment tools.
  • This might involve using a standardised template or submitting the tool for internal review.


By following these steps, you’ll have developed a comprehensive and well-defined assessment tool ready for implementation and use within your RTO. Remember to pilot test the tool and make any necessary adjustments before full-scale use.