Introduction to Assessment

Introduction to Assessment 

Incorporating Principles of Assessment 

In creating assessment tools you must ensure that the principles of assessment are met.  This ensures good practice but also meets AQTF requirements. The principles of assessment require that assessment is valid, reliable, flexible and fair.

  • Valid – the assessment outcome needs to be supported by the evidence gathered
  • Reliable – that assessment is consistent and accurate, regardless of the assessor conducting the assessment
  • Flexible – the assessment procedure enables reasonable adjustments to be made (for example, timing)
  • Fair – that assessment is equitable for all candidates

You must also ensure that the assessment meets the rules of evidence.  To meet these rules, evidence must be:

  • Valid, for example, assessing the elements to the standard identified in the performance criteria, reflecting the skills and knowledge described in the unit of competency, showing application in the context described in the range statement
  • Current, for example, demonstrate the candidate’s current skills and knowledge
  • Sufficient, for example, demonstrate competence over a period of time, demonstrate repeatable competence 
  • Authentic, for example, be the work of the learner, be corroborated/verified