Ofqual has launched a call for evidence on the assessment of vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) in schools, colleges, training providers, etc.
Frequently, aspects of the delivery of VTQs are delegated by awarding organisations (AOs) to centres. In particular many VTQs rely on assessors in centres to make judgements of candidate performance against the assessment criteria. For some qualifications this may be the most valid way of assessing the combination of knowledge, skills and behaviours required.
Although AOs may delegate assessment judgments to centres, they remain accountable for the qualification award.
In order to improve their understanding of the range of approaches used by awarding organisations to review the quality of these judgements, Ofqual has launched a call for evidence.
Ofqual are particularly interested in hearing from centres and awarding organisations on the following:
- The processes used by AOs to judge the accuracy and consistency of centre judgements of candidate performance against the assessment criteria
- The benefits and risks of any approaches used by awarding organisations to judge the accuracy and consistency of centre judgements (and to adjust assessment decisions where necessary)
- Potential improvements to these approaches
- What best practice and poor practice exists in the sector.
The deadline to respond to this call for evidence is 5pm on Friday 15 June. You can submit your responses here.