The QCAA supports schools to quality assure Units 3 and 4 for Applied and Applied (Essential) subjects. Applied subjects are quality assured by a review of assessment instruments, student responses to instruments and teacher judgments.
For Applied subjects, schools may conduct internal reviews as outlined in Table: Applied quality assurance process.
For Applied (Essential) subjects, student samples are reviewed annually in the summative year, generally at the beginning of Semester 2. All schools that offer these subjects and have students enrolled must participate in this process. The QCAA determines the number of samples required in any year, and the sampling pattern.
Timelines for activities related to the meetings are published in the SEP calendar.
|Applied subjects||Applied (Essential) subjects|
|Schools may conduct an annual internal review of Unit 3 assessment.||External review meeting of Unit 3 assessment of the summative year.|
School identifies subjects for review.
QCAA notifies schools of sampling pattern and materials required.
As part of the process, schools may review the following materials:
Schools submit required materials to QCAA:
|3||School subject teachers conduct a school-based quality assurance meeting at the school, using the internal review documentation.||School subject teachers and QCAA staff attend Applied QA meeting.|
The internal quality assurance process should review whether:
|QCAA provides advice on whether judgments made about student responses to each assessment instrument are accurately matched to the A–E standards identified on the instrument-specific standards.|
|5||QCAA provides advice to schools about the submission.|
|6||Schools use the feedback from internal quality assurance for continuous improvement as part of their quality management system and to inform judgments at exit.||Schools use the advice for continuous improvement as part of their quality management system. Advice can also be used to inform judgments at exit.|
|Intervention, if required|
|1||QCAA identifies any schools that need additional support to implement advice provided in the quality assurance process.|
|2||Schools provide any additional samples or information, as requested.|
Schools promptly implement any advice provided by the QCAA: