Quality Assuring the Assessment Process
DDLETB has a shared vision with respect to teaching and learning which was developed in a consultative process for the DDLETB Statement of Strategy.
DDLETB delivers QQI programmes developed to lead to major awards under the Common Awards System (CAS), as well as delivering a number of non-QQI awards, such as as City & Guilds, Pearson, CompTIA, ITEC, CIBTAC, and ATI amongst others.
QQI Assessment Processes
Learners are provided with briefs appropriate to the NFQ level, for all assessments they are asked to undertake. These include details of the assessment task at hand, criteria & marking schemes and deadlines where appropriate. It is the learner’s responsibility to complete assessments and demonstrate their achievement of learning. All learners are expected to sign statements of authenticity with respect to their assessments. Formative and summative feedback, which occurs during and after assessment tasks, are crucial elements of effective teaching and learning within DDLETB.
The integrity of assessment processes is monitored through the Internal Verification and External Authentication Processes, and approved by the Results Approval Panel.
Internal verification (IV) procedures check that assessments have been undertaken in a quality assured fashion: the correct assessment instruments have been used, learner details and results correctly entered, and for a sample of learners, marks are checked.
The External Authentication (EA) system is a core element of ensuring the quality and integrity of the assessment processes. It is the role of the External Authenticator to review the IV report to ensure that assessment has been undertaken in a quality assured manner, to review the learners’ assessments to ensure that they have been assessed in a fair and consistent manner, and to authenticate that the grades given are in line with the national standards for that level. DDLETB operates a panel of External Authenticators, selected from the QQI panel of EAs.
The Results Approval Panel (RAP) provides an opportunity for the senior management team within a centre to review the results of a given assessment period, identify issues arising out of the assessments, and decide on recommendations for future actions to be taken.
These IV/EA and RAP procedures facilitate the fair and consistent assessment of learners, and support academic decision-making which reflects the interests of learners and the maintenance of standards.
Learners have the right to appeal their results for QQI awards, should they not agree with the assessment judgement that has been made. Training centres currently manage their own appeals processes. For other centres, DDLETB runs an appeals process for QQI certification three times annually, which is managed centrally by the QA Development Officer. Learners may have their assessment scripts reviewed by highly experienced appeals examiners who are independent of DDLETB. In the event that their appeal is upheld, DDLETB informs QQI of the amended grade.
Non-QQI Assessment Processes
Non-QQI assessments are undertaken in line with the quality assurance regulations of the certifying body.
Oversight of all assessment processes, regardless of the awarding body, is managed at ETB-level.
DDLETB Assessment Procedures Handbooks
The following Assessment Procedures Handbooks will apply to all assessments taking place in DDLETB from September 1st, 2019.
- Reasonable Accommodation in Assessment
- Assessment Deadlines: Short-Term Extensions and Compassionate Consideration in Extenuating Circumstances
- Examinations: Planning, Conducting and Concluding
- Assessment Malpractice
- Appeals Procedure: Assessment Results
- Appeals Procedure: Assessment Process
- Secure Storage of Assessment Materials, Records and Learner Assessment Evidence