Learners and employers can prepare and plan for a successful assessment. Training providers must provide easy to read assessment policies and procedures for all stakeholders.
Outcomes Based Assessment for Occupational (job) Training
To achieve a good assessment, you must understand the specific qualification goals and how to meet them.
It’s really not as difficult as it sounds, think of it as a specific recipe you can follow to avoid failure.
Your training provider will issue you with the official qualification / unit standard document explaining this.
Assessment in Outcomes Based Education (OBE) develops learners holistically (head, heart and hand) and is focused on what learners are competent to do.
Learners are required to demonstrate life-skills which not only improve ownership of learning, but also ensure that skills empower them on a personal level.
Formative and summative assessment
Outcomes-based education and training uses formative and summative assessments:
- Formative assessment: think of the word ‘information‘ – it refers to assessment that takes place throughout the process of learning and teaching to provide ongoing information about learner progress.
- Summative assessment is assessment for making a sum (total) judgement about achievement. This is completed once learners are ready to be assessed at the end of a learning programme. Formative evidence will provide information for a summative judgement – so everything you do counts!
What are Training Provider assessment responsibilities?
- The facilitator must provide regular, consistent formative assessment feedback throughout the programme in order for learners to correct mistakes (remediation) and for problems to be addressed early on.
- Learners and employers can complain if there is no timeline and policy for formative assessment feedback. Poor feedback has a negative impact on learning progress. Speak out against sloppy assessment practice as it can wreck development!
- Training provider appoints a registered, qualified Assessor to plan and prepare the assessment:
- knows requirements of the assessment and the specific evidence required to prove competence
- ensures correct assessment arrangements are made, such as the venue
- knows the assessment instruments and tools
- follows training company policy
- Learner rights during assessment:
Receive sufficient time to prepare for assessment and remediate work
Be informed of all assessment and evidence collection rules and requirements
Be informed of learner roles and responsibilities
Have special needs accommodated
Be guided in preparing for assessment by the facilitator and/or assessor and to sign written confirmation that support was provided
Be given the contact details of the facilitator, assessor and any other support person from the training provider, for possible future assessment process assistance needs
Be guided in the requirements of authentic evidence
Be guided in understanding the Appeals Policy and Procedure and using an Appeals Form
The moderator checks that the facilitators and assessors followed fair and reliable processes. POEs can only be moderated once assessment has occurred.
If the moderator finds problems, they will require that the training provider immediately adopts actions to remediate (correct). The moderator can dispute assessor findings. If the assessments are found to be unfair, the moderator will make recommendations for reassessment.