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Assessment Policy – TAFE NSW

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Type: Policy
PD Number: DOC16/916239
Status: TAFE POLICY

1. Objectives – Policy Statement

1.1

Assessment is the process of collecting evidence and making judgements on whether competency has been achieved to confirm that an individual can perform to the standard expected in the workplace, as expressed by the relevant endorsed industry/enterprise competency standards of a Training Package or by the learning outcomes of a VET accredited course.

1.2

This policy and related procedures ensure that assessment conducted is fair, flexible, valid and reliable.

1.3

TAFE NSW Institutes must develop guidelines and processes to demonstrate compliance with Standards 1.8-1.12 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 that refer to the elements that underpin quality in training and assessment.

1.4

TAFE NSW Institutes must plan, deliver and assess government subsidised training in accordance with the Smart and Skilled Operating Guidelines in relation to training and assessment compliance including record keeping obligations; training and assessment requirements and validation; and independent validation of assessment requirements.

2. Audience and Applicability

2.1 This Policy Applies to:

2.1.1 All enrolments (qualifications, VET accredited courses, Skill Sets, RTO developed Statements of Attainment, modules and units of competency)

2.1.2 All staff undertaking assessment activity for/and on behalf of TAFE NSW

2.1.3 The TAFE NSW Assessment Guidelines will assist with the understanding and application of the policy.

3. Context

3.1 Legislative Requirements

3.1.1 Technical and Further Education Commission Act 1990

3.1.2 National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011

3.1.3 Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015

3.1.4 Related legislation, including the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992Disability Standards for Education 2005 and the Community Relations Commission and Principles of Multiculturalism Act 2000 including the Community Relations Commission and Principles of Multiculturalism Amendment Bill 2003.

3.1.5 Other legislation relevant to the operation of TAFE NSW.

3.2 Document History and Details

Implementation date – 15.1.2008

Web publication date – 01/06/2016

Reference Number – PD/2005/0173/V06

Approval date – 15/01/2008

Approving officer – Director, TAFE NSW Learning Services

Superseded documents

Superseded Assessment Policies

  1. Assessment Policy – TAFE NSW (PD/2005/0173/V05)
  2. Assessment Policy – TAFE NSW (PD/2005/0173/V04)
  3. Assessment Policy – TAFE NSW (PD/2005/0173/V03)
  4. Assessment Policy – TAFE NSW (PD/2005/0173/V02)
  5. Assessment Policies Supplement
  6. Non-participation of students enrolled in TAFE NSW Course Policy
  7. Apprenticeships And Traineeships Information Collection and Reporting – now included in the Release of Student Information Policy
  8. Result Code Policy – removal of result codes DC (Discontinued) and WF (Withdrawal Fail)

Document history

  1. Assessment Policy – TAFE NSW (PD/2005/0173/V04)
  2. Assessment Policy – TAFE NSW (PD2005/0173/V03)
  3. Assessment Policy – TAFE NSw (PD2005/0173/V02)
  4. Previously published as a framework document for TAFE assessment policies

Main changes since previous version

Changes – Sep 2016

7. Update contact details – replace Customer Services with Learning Services

Changes – Jun 2016

1.4 Addition of assessment requirements of Smart and Skilled Operating Guidelines

5.2 Deletion of reference to VQF and replacement with the requirement to comply with applicable regulatory requirements.

Changes 18/4/16

1.3 Update reference to the latest Registration standards.

3.1.3 Updated link to the latest Standards

Changes 23/10/14

1.4 Amended to ‘This policy is supported by implementation guidelines on the development and use of Student Assessment Guides, provision for reasonable adjustment for students with disabilities and other specific needs, reviewing, recording and reporting results and setting and marking examinations and concessional examinations.’

4.1 Point 1 amended

4.3 This is a redundant statement and has been removed

6 Contact has been updated with Customer Engagement and Online Services (CEOS)

Changes:

– Update contact details

– Replace approving officer to Executive Director, TAFE NSW Customer Services

– Update link in 3.1.4

– 4.2 replace TES with TCS

Minor changes since the last version include:

Inclusion of additional TAFE NSW Institutes responsibilities – monitoring and reviewing of assessment appeals procedures in Section 4.1.8 and minor editorial and text changes.

3.1 Legislative requirements met by this policy 3.1.2 Vocational Education and Training (VET) Act 2005 has been updated with the new “National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011″3.1.3 AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration (in particular Standards 1 & 2) has been replaced by the “Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations (in particular SNR 15 & 16)”

4.2.1

Ensuring that all assessment information, strategies and guidelines:

  • Comply with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) has been updated with “the VET Quality Framework (VQF)”

Policy contact

Manager, Quality Support

TAFE NSW Customer Services

ph: (02) 9266 8153

NSW TAFE Commission  reference numbers not applicable

SCIS Number – Not applicable

Publication data

Publicly-available – Yes

Storage location – wwwpolicies: central

Primary location – TAFE | Student administration | Assessment

Leading and Managing the School categories- none

Subject keywords – assessment, TAFE, learning, examinations, competence, outcomes, performance, grade, grades, results, award, awards, recording, recognition, validation, exam, exams, examination, examinations, achievement, result codes

4. Responsibilities and Delegations

4.1 TAFE NSW Institutes Responsibilites:

4.1.1 Compliance with the standards and relevant Smart and Skilled Guidelines and can demonstrate that:

  • Assessment meets the assessment requirements of the Training Package or course
  • Assessment meets workplace requirements and/or appropriately simulates workplace conditions
  • Trainers and assessors have the skills and expertise to conduct valid assessments
  • Students have enough time to undertake the repeated practice needed to demonstrate competence
  • Students have adequate access to, and supervision during work placements
  • Assessment is conducted in accordance with the principles and rules of assessment
  • The systematic validation of assessment materials

4.1.2 Providing TAFE NSW students with relevant Student Assessment Guides and supporting information.

4.1.3 Explaining the relevant Student Assessment Guides and supporting information to students.

4.1.4 Providing credit services including recognition of prior learning (RPL).

4.1.5 Developing and delivering assessment tools.

4.1.6 Developing appropriate and relevant assessment validation procedures.

4.1.7 Recording and reporting student results.

4.1.8 Monitoring and improving the quality of assessment.

4.1.9 Monitoring and reviewing assessment appeals procedures.

4.2 TAFE NSW Learning Services Responsibilities:

4.2.1 Ensuring that the policy and related documents:

  • Current
  • Comply with the VET Quality Framework (VQF)
  • Are written in ‘plain English’.
  • Support TAFE NSW Institutes in the development of assessment tools.

5. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Requirements

5.1

This policy will be monitored on an on-going basis by the Quality Services Unit in consultation with the Quality Reference and Compliance Group (QRCG) and other relevant stakeholders.

6.Policy Contact

Manager, Quality Support
TAFE NSW Learning Services
ph: (02) 9266 8153

Last Modified: 2017-04-20 12:49:36

Every Student’s Guide to Assessment in TAFE NSW

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Type: Guidelines
PD Number: PD20050173
Status: TAFE POLICY

Every Student’s Guide to Assessment provides information on assessment in the form of frequently asked questions and answers. Every student studying in TAFE NSW receives a copy of the Every Student’s Guide to Assessment.

Print copy

Last Modified: 2016-12-16 17:00:56

Higher Education Assessment Policy

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Type: Policy
PD Number: PD20100405
Status: TAFE POLICY

1. Objectives – Policy Statement

1.1

Assessment is the process of collecting evidence and making judgements on whether the student has fulfilled the subject learning outcomes reflected in the subject aims and objectives.

1.2 Assessment Conducted by TAFE NSW Higher Education:

1.2.1

Enables students to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the learning outcomes of the subject.

1.2.2

Is valid, reliable, consistent and equitable.

1.2.3

Is conducive to students attaining optimum subject outcomes and intellectual development.

1.2.4

Is consistent with the maintenance of academic standards and rigour of TAFE NSW Higher Education.

2. Audience and Applicability

2.1

This policy applies to:

  • All relevant academic staff – permanent and casual
  • All students enrolled in courses of study
  • All subjects within a course of study.

3.Context

3.1

This policy should be used in conjunction:

Higher Education Assessment Procedures – TAFE NSW

Higher Education Course Design, Development and Evaluation Policy and Procedure – TAFE NSW

Higher Education Academic Integrity and Honesty Policy and Procedure – TAFE NSW

Higher Education Student Progression, Exclusion and Graduation Policy and Procedure – TAFE NSW.

3.2 Document History and Details

Policy title

Higher Education Assessment Policy – TAFE NSW

Implementation date

28-9-2010

Web publication date

15/05/2015

Reference Number

PD/2010/0405/V02

Approval date

28-9-2010

Approving officer

Deputy director-general TAFE and Community Education.

Superseded documents

Document history

Main changes since previous version

Policy contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education (02) 9217 4381

NSW TAFE Commission reference numbers N/A

SCIS Number

N/A

Publication Data

Publicly-availableYes

Storage location wwwpolicies: central

Primary locationTAFE | Student administration | Assessment Leading and Managing
the School categoriesnone

Subject keywords assessment, learning outcomes

4. Responsibilities and Delegations

4.1 The Teaching and Learning Committee has Overall Responsibility for:

4.1.1

the development of assessment moderation procedures.

4.1.2

monitoring and improving the quality of assessment.

4.1.3

reviewing student results on an institution-wide basis and addressing anomalies.

5. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Requirements

5.1

This document will be reviewed and updated regularly in line with the Higher Education Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement Framework – TAFE NSW.

6. Contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education

(02) 9217 4381

Last Modified: 2017-07-07 11:03:29

Higher Education Assessment Procedure

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Type: Procedure
PD Number: PD20100405
Status: TAFE POLICY

Implementation Document Summary

Implementation Document

Higher Education assessment procedures- TAFE NSW

Description

These procedures outline the framework and processes by which learning is assessed within TAFE NSW Higher Education and the integrity of assessment practices across all aspects of a course is assured.

Document type

Procedure

Associated policy

Higher Education Assessment Policy – TAFE NSW

Applicability

TAFE NSW Higher Education Institution

Document contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education

(02) 9217 4381

Last updated

28-08-2017

Last Modified: 2017-08-28 18:27:30

Higher Education Progression, Exclusion and Graduation Procedures

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Type: Procedure
PD Number: PD20100409
Status: TAFE POLICY

Implementation Document Summary

Implementation Document

Higher Education Student Progression, Exclusion and Graduation Procedures – TAFE NSW

Description

These procedures outline the TAFE NSW higher education rules for meeting course completion requirements, exclusion related to unsatisfactory progress, and processes for student course completion and graduation eligibility. It also covers deferment of commencement and applying for a period of leave during study.

Document type

Procedure

Associated policy

Higher Education Student Progression, Exclusion and Graduation Policy – TAFE NSW

Applicability

TAFE NSW Higher Education

Document contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education

TafeDegrees@tafensw.edu.au

Last updated

28-08-2017

Last Modified: 2017-08-28 18:17:45

Higher Education Student Consultation Policy

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Type: Policy
PD Number: PD20100413
Status: TAFE POLICY

1. Objectives – Policy Statement

1.1

TAFE NSW higher education is committed to assisting students to gain maximum results academically, personally and professionally.

1.2

Academic staff of TAFE NSW Higher Education will provide student academic consultation.

1.3

Student consultation may take place for reasons not limited to:

1.3.1  

Clarifying/explaining subject requirements.

1.3.2  

Clarifying/explaining assessment task requirements

1.3.3  

Advising on progression rules and completion requirements

1.3.4  

Assisting students to catch up with content from any lectures and/or tutorials they may have missed

1.3.5  

Advising students on strategies to complete assessment tasks

1.3.6  

Applying for extension of assessment due dates

1.3.7  

Providing feedback on performance

1.3.8  

Providing professional information/advice.

2. Audience and Applicability

2.1

This policy applies to all TAFE NSW higher education academic staff.

3. Context

3.1

This policy aligns with:

  • TAFE NSW Higher Education Student Consultation Procedures
  • TAFE NSW Higher Education Student Progression and Exclusion Policy

3.2 Document History and Details

Implementation date – 28-9-2010

Web publication date – 18/05/2015

Reference Number – PD/2010/0413/V01

Approval date – 28-9-2010

Approving officer – Deputy director-general TAFE and Community Education.

Superseded documents

Document history

Main changes since previous version

Policy contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education (02) 9217 4381

NSW TAFE Commission reference numbers – N/A

SCIS Number – N/A

Publication data

Publicly-available – Yes

Storage location – wwwpolicies: central

Primary location – TAFE | Student administration | Assessment

Leading and Managing the School categories – none

Subject keywords – consultation, advice, assessment, progression

4. Responsibilities and Delegations

4.1

The course coordinator and dean are responsible for the effective management and implementation of this policy and procedures.

4.2

The course coordinator is responsible for ensuring academic staff are aware of and implement the policy and procedures.

4.3

Academic staff are responsible for providing student academic consultation and the effective implementation of this policy and procedures.

5. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Requirements

5.1

This document will be reviewed and updated regularly in line with the Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement Framework.

6. Contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education

(02) 9217 4381

Last Modified: 2017-03-06 14:49:57

Higher Education Student Consultation Procedures

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Type: Procedure
PD Number: PD20100413
Status: TAFE POLICY

Implementation Document Summary

Implementation Document

Higher Education Student Consultation Procedures – TAFE NSW

Description

These procedures outline the TAFE NSW Higher Education processes for student/teacher consultation.

Document type

Procedure

Associated policy

Higher Education Student Consultation Policy – TAFE NSW

Applicability

TAFE NSW Higher Education Institution

Document contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education

(02) 9217 4381

Last updated

28-9-2010

Last Modified: 2017-03-06 14:49:36

Higher Education Student Progression Exclusion Graduation Policy

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Type: Policy
PD Number: PD20100409
Status: TAFE POLICY

1.Objectives – Policy statement

1.1 Students of TAFE NSW Higher Education are subject to:

1.1.1

Course completion and graduation eligibility requirements.

1.1.2

Exclusion related to unsatisfactory progress.

1.1.3

TAFE NSW Higher Education requires that academic progress of all students is monitored. Students who are determined to be ‘at risk’ may be provided with advice and assistance to support successful course completion.

1.1.4

TAFE NSW Higher Education Student Progression, Exclusion and Graduation Procedures outline the processes required to be undertaken by staff of TAFE NSW higher education to manage academic progress.

2. Audience and Applicability

2.1

This policy applies to:

  • All TAFE NSW higher education students enrolled in higher education courses.
  • All TAFE NSW higher education staff responsible for the management of students enrolled in higher education courses.

3. Context

3.1

This policy meets the requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000.

3.2 Document History and Details

Implementation date – 28-9-2010

Web publication date – 22/09/2015

Reference Number – PD/2010/0409/V02

Approval date – 28-9-2010

Approving officer – Deputy director-general TAFE and Community Education.

Superseded documents –

Document history –

Main changes since previous version

Policy contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education (02) 9217 4381

NSW TAFE Commission reference numbers – N/A

SCIS Number – N/A

Publication data

Publicly-available – Yes

Storage location – wwwpolicies: central

Primary location – TAFE | Student administration | Assessment

Leading and Managing the School categories – none

Subject keywords – graduation, completion, exclusion, at risk, progression

4.Responsibilities and Delegations

4.1

The dean and the course coordinator are responsible for the effective management and implementation of this policy and mandatory procedures.

4.2 Academic staff are responsible for: 

4.2.1

The implementation of the procedures related to this policy.

4.2.2

Monitoring student academic progress.

4.2.3

Managing students at risk.

5. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Requirements

5.1

This document will be reviewed and updated regularly in line with the Higher Education Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement Framework – TAFE NSW.

6.Contact

Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education

(02) 9217 4381

Last Modified: 2017-03-06 14:48:49

Learner Identification in Final Examinations Policy

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Type: Policy
PD Number: PD20050087
Status: TAFE POLICY

1.Objectives – Policy Statement

1.1

Prior to commencing a TAFE NSW Final Examination, a learner is required to present their TAFEcard to the Examination Supervisor as a visual means of identification.

This policy documents the effective and efficient management of this process.

2. Audience and Applicability

2.1

This policy applies to:

  • All TAFE NSW staff involved in the administration of final exams, including examination supervisors, honorary supervisors, exam controllers and campus managers
  • Learners attending TAFE NSW Final Examinations.

3. Context

3.1 Policy

3.1.1

In March 2000, as a result of the unanimous endorsement by Institute Directors, the Director-General of Education and Training approved the following:

  • The TAFEcard as a compulsory form of identification for learners
  • That learners be required to carry their TAFEcard whilst on college and exhibit it upon request
  • That learners be required to produce their TAFEcard when sitting Final Examinations.

In compliance with the above approval, all colleges are to issue a TAFEcard to anyone enrolled in a TAFE course and/or requiring access to facilities at TAFE NSW colleges. This requirement includes those enrolled in commercial courses, OTEN and/or other “remotely enrolled” learners.

Existing limitations of the TAFEcard System require a learner to be physically present at their college of enrolment so that a TAFEcard photograph may be processed. Taking this into consideration, TAFE NSW colleges are advised to adhere where technically possible to the mandatory issue of the TAFEcard to all enrolled learners.

3.2 Legislative

3.2.1

Unlike the Education Act which permits the Board of Studies to make arrangements as may be necessary for the conduct of examinations for Primary and Secondary school students under section 102 (Functions of the Board), the Technical and Further Education Commission Act 1990 (‘TAFEC Act’) has no specific section regarding the Commissions ability to make arrangements for the conduct of TAFE examinations. However section 12(1)(a) of the TAFEC Act provides for the general provision of policies related to the technical and further education services provided by the TAFE Commission. It is primarily this section of the Act that provides legislative support for the development of a policy to make mandatory the presentation of learners TAFEcard identification at final exams.

3.3 Document History and Details

Implementation date – 30/08/2006

Web publication date – 24/09/2015

Reference Number – PD/2005/0087/V02

Approval date – 30/08/2006

Approving officer – Assistant Director-General TAFE Educational Services

Superseded documents – N/A

Document history – N/A

Main changes since previous version – N/A

Policy contact – TAFE Customer Services (02) 9244 5281

NSW TAFE Commission reference numbers N/A

SCIS Number

Publication data

Publicly-available – Yes

Storage location – wwwpolicies: central

Primary location – TAFE | Student administration | Assessment

Leading and Managing the School categories – none

Subject keywords – TAFE examinations, identification, TAFEcard, final exams, examination supervisors, student, name, controller, incident report, learners, learner indentification

4. Responsibilities and Delegations

4.1 TAFE Student Services

4.1.1

TAFE Student Services is responsible for:

  • Providing support on the application of this policy
  • Maintenance of this policy.

4.2 TAFE Regions

4.2.1

TAFE Regions are responsible for the effective administration of this policy.

4.3 TAFE NSW Learners

4.3.1

TAFE NSW learners are responsible to adhere to directives contained in this policy.

5. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Requirements

6.Contact

TAFE Student Services

Last Modified: 2017-06-23 12:15:27