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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
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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
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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
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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
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TAEASS512 – Design and develop assessment tools
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Finalising Your Assessment Tool: A Step-by-Step Guide

Now that you’ve developed a draft assessment tool, here’s a breakdown of the final steps for finalisation based on your outlined procedures:

Systematic Review According to Organisational Procedures:

  • Internal Review: Refer to your RTO’s established procedures for assessment tool review. This might involve submitting the tool to a panel of qualified assessors or colleagues for feedback.
  • Focus Areas: Reviewers should assess the tool’s:
    • Alignment with learning objectives, performance criteria, and the training package.
    • Clarity and appropriateness of assessment tasks and instructions.
    • Effectiveness of evidence collection methods.
    • Objectivity and fairness of the assessment criteria.
    • Adherence to accessibility principles and regulatory requirements.
  • Review Documentation: Utilise any standardised review forms or templates provided by your RTO.

Trial Assessment Tool (Validation):

  • Pilot Group Selection: Recruit a representative group of trainees with the required skills and knowledge level for the unit of competency.
  • Trial Administration: Conduct a trial run of the assessment with the pilot group, simulating a real assessment environment.
  • Data Collection: Gather feedback from both the pilot group and assessors involved in the trial.
    • This might involve surveys, interviews, or focus group discussions.
  • Focus on Feedback: Seek feedback on the tool’s:
    • Clarity and understandability of tasks and instructions.
    • Difficulty level and appropriateness of assessment tasks.
    • Effectiveness of the tool in measuring competency.
    • Time constraints and feasibility of completion.

Collect and Document Feedback, Amend Tool (if required):

  • Analyse Feedback Data: Identify recurring themes and issues raised in the feedback from the internal review and pilot assessment.
  • Tool Refinement: Based on the feedback, make necessary adjustments to improve the clarity, fairness, and effectiveness of the assessment tool.
    • This might involve revising instructions, adjusting tasks, or refining assessment criteria.
  • Document Changes: Maintain clear records of all the changes made to the tool and the rationale behind them.

Finalise and Store According to Organisational Procedures:

  • Final Review: Once amendments are complete, conduct a final review to ensure the tool is finalised and meets all RTO requirements.
  • Approval Process: Follow your RTO’s procedures for approval of the final assessment tool. This might involve submitting it to a designated committee or relevant personnel.
  • Storage and Access: Store the finalised assessment tool securely in an accessible format according to your RTO’s document control procedures.
    • This may involve electronic storage systems or physical document storage with access controls.

By following these steps and adhering to your RTO’s specific procedures, you’ll successfully finalise your assessment tool, ensuring it’s well-developed, effective, and ready for use. Remember that assessment tools are not static documents, and you may need to review and update them periodically to reflect changes in industry standards or training package requirements.