Course Content
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
About Lesson

Assessment processes and tools play a crucial role in ensuring trainees meet the standards set by your RTO and the relevant industry. Here’s how to structure them for optimal alignment with your organisational requirements and procedures:

Key Structure and Function:

  • Assessment Plan: This overarching document outlines the entire assessment process, including context, tasks, evidence requirements, criteria, and mapping to units of competency.
  • Assessment Tools: This refers to all the necessary documentation including the plan and any specific instruments used to gather evidence, such as written tests, practical tasks, portfolios, or observation checklists.

Features and Content:

  • Context and Conditions of Assessment:

    • Clearly define the setting and circumstances under which the assessment will occur.
    • Consider resources available, time constraints, and any specific requirements for the assessment environment.
    • Example: A carpentry assessment might specify the use of specific tools and materials in a workshop setting.
  • Tasks to be Administered to Candidate:

    • Describe the specific tasks the candidate must complete to demonstrate competency.
    • Ensure tasks are clear, concise, and directly related to the learning outcomes and unit of competency.
    • Example: A customer service assessment might involve a role-play scenario where the candidate interacts with a simulated customer.
  • Nature and Scope of Evidence to be Gathered:

    • Outline the types of evidence you will collect to assess competency (e.g., projects, presentations, observations).
    • Specify if evidence from other parties, like supervisors or clients, is required.
    • Be clear about the amount and depth of evidence needed for a successful assessment.
  • Evidence Criteria:

    • Establish clear and measurable criteria for evaluating the quality of the evidence gathered.
    • These criteria should align with the learning outcomes and unit of competency requirements.
    • Use specific and objective language for easy interpretation by assessors.
    • Example: Criteria for a written report might include accuracy of information, proper formatting, and clear communication of ideas.
  • Model Answers:

    • Model answers can provide a clear picture of exceptional performance for both assessors and students.
    • Use them as illustrative examples, not the only acceptable response.
  • Guidance About Satisfactory Responses:

    • Define the minimum acceptable standard for successful completion of the assessment.
    • Describe the level of skill or knowledge required to demonstrate competency.
    • This helps assessors make consistent judgements and sets clear expectations for students.
  • Mapping Against Units of Competency:

    • Explicitly map each assessment tool and its criteria to the relevant elements and performance criteria of the targeted unit of competency within the training package.
    • This ensures assessments directly measure the intended learning outcomes and compliance with industry standards.

Aligning with Organisational Requirements:

  • Review your organisations policies and procedures regarding assessment and training.
  • Ensure assessment tools are developed by qualified personnel or SMEs aligned with your training focus.
  • Standardise assessment tools to ensure consistency across different assessors and programs.
  • Regularly review and update assessments to reflect changes in industry practices or training package requirements.
  • Implement a quality assurance process to monitor the effectiveness of your assessments.

By adhering to these guidelines, you can create assessment processes and tools that effectively measure student competency and align seamlessly with your RTO’s specific requirements.