Can we develop our own ACSF indicator tools?

The following assumes that you are not utilising Vet Fee Help….

The simple answer – YES. You can write your own ACSF pre course indicator tools.

However there are some things you need to consider.

These include:

Do you have staff sufficiently familiar with ACSF?

Do you have staff sufficiently skilled in writing assessment tools?

Do you have staff familiar with LLN requirements?

Before you start, have you referred to the ACSF framework first?  It is vitally important that you have read this document and fully understand its implications prior to creating your tools.

Remember that at each ACSF level, you need to consider:

  • the descriptor of the level you are addressing
  • the context
  • text complexity
  • task complexity
  • focus areas and
  • performance features.  (these are all clearly outlined in the ACSF framework document.

Then consider what tasks you could include in your ACSF pre course indicator tools which will allow the students to demonstrate their skills in each of these areas (at the required ACSF level.)

This isn’t as easy as you think.  It’s not enough to just write a couple of quick questions that roughly address “Level 2”.  You need to consider all aspects of the level requirements addressed by the dot points above and develop a set of appropriate tasks/questions.

To help you, each Level in the ACSF framework document provides sample activities that provide  examples of the levels being addressed within a range of communication domains.  These include “personal and community”  “workplace and employment” and “education and training”.  These sample activities are always a good place to start to get your creative and writing juices going.

Reviewing the workplace and employment sample activities will provide you with some examples of the core skill and level be implemented in the workplace.  This can provide a basis for the development of your LLN indicator tools.

You may choose to develop sample tasks that are customised to the courses you deliver.  For example you could develop questions related to purchasing appropriate building materials to address some of the numeracy requirements for a building course.  Another numeracy task could be based  around recording how much a client has had to drink in a day. This would be relevant for a community services course.

Whether you customise your examples or not, is a decision for your organisation to make.

Remember that all areas need to be addressed to ensure that your organisation can accurately address your potential student’s ACSF levels.

Points to ponder:

What about other core skills?

What about assessor guides?

What is the difference if we have Vet Fee Help?

These questions will be answered in the next blog.

To assist your students further:

Click here to access student LLN resources


Need to update your trainers and staff on ACSF, its implications and application?

A professional development video in an easy to follow format is available on our Professional Development Hub.

Onwards and upwards!


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