Simple answer – Yes.
If you are receiving Vet Fee Help, there are a range of guidelines regarding the development and implementation of the pre enrollment ACSF assessment tools to be used.
If you want to develop your own tools, you will need to apply to to have them approved. Only approved testing tools can be used.
“Note: RTOs can go through a process to have their own pre enrollment ACSF assessment tool approved for assessing a student’s competence at ACSF Exit Level 3 in both reading and numeracy. Contact the VET FEE-HELP Branch of the Department of Education and Training about undertaking that process.”
If you plan to develop your own tools and submit them for approval, there are many things you need to consider. I would strongly suggestion that you read “Assessment of LLN testing instruments and processes for VET FEE-HELP providers Report (Stage 2)
This is a thorough document and outlines the requirements and process to have your pre enrollment ACSF assessment tools approved. Familiarising yourself with this document will greatly assist you to determine whether developing your own tools and having them approved is the right path for your organisation.
Some of the requirements you will need to meet include:
Tools are to be developed by “well qualified and experienced adult LLN writers and authors in relation to each skill area and to the ACSF. Suitable expertise and qualifications in adult LLN would include qualifications such as the TAE80113 – Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice or equivalent.
The new unit TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills in TAE40110 is not sufficient for this purpose.
Evidence that the assessment was written explicitly against the ACSF and not adapted from an existing assessment tool that was written and developed for a different purpose and against a different framework
Evidence of how the tasks and questions were tested and trialed, including the results of any validation, testing and psychometric analysis undertaken
Evidence of how the final selection of tasks and questions were selected to meet the requirements of the VET FEE-HELP LLN assessment
A minimum of 15 different questions are included in the assessment tool that are at ACSF Level 3 and at ACSF level 4
Mapping of the assessment tasks and
Administration guidelines include details about who can mark the assessment if it is to be manually marked and a specified set of marking information
The qualifications and experience of the markers in relation to each skill area and to the ACSF are sufficient to undertake this Assessment of LLN testing instruments and processes for VET FEE-HELP providers and scoring rubrics are NOT provided judgement.
A qualified LLN assessor will be someone with specific expertise and qualifications in LLN, such as the TAE80113 – Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice or equivalent. The new unit TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills in TAE40110 is not sufficient for this purpose. Administration
If you would find it difficult to address these, or any other guidelines, ACER has developed a set of approved tools referred to as CSPA. Information and pricing can be found at: https://www.acer.edu.au/cspa/faqs
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