Quality Assurance Meetings

This section provides access to the quality assurance advice for courses where learners' work will be submitted to a meeting for quality assurance purposes.

Quality Assurance Advice: Meeting Model

Please note that these TASC quality assurance meetings are separate to, and distinct from moderation meetings. From 2017, representation at - and participation in - TASC quality assurance meetings is a requirement of registration to deliver, assess and report on courses with a meeting-style quality assurance methodology.

Level 2 courses with a meeting-style quality assurance methodology: 2017
ART215117 Visual Art
ART215217 Art Practice
CGD215113 Computer Graphics and Design - Foundation
EAL215114 English as an Additional Language or Dialect
ENA215114 English Applied
ENG215117 English Foundations
HAE215115 History and the Environment
LST215117 Legal Studies - Foundation
MED215117 Media Production Foundations
RLP215115 Religion in Society
WRK215117 Work Readiness

2017 Meeting Timetable

QA Meetings Timetable - 2017
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)

Venues will be published here once details are confirmed.

Quality Assurance Meetings: General Information

This document contains information about:
  • the purpose of the meetings
  • the meeting process
  • meeting protocols
  • responses to frequently asked questions about the bodies of learners' work tabled at meetings and the completion of Record Sheets.

QA Meetings_Overview Information Document: Quality Assurance Meetings
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)
(Valid from Apr 12, 2017)

2017 Course-specific Information and Record Sheets

WRK215117 - Work Readiness - QA set Work Readiness
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)
RLP215115 - Religion in Society - QA Set Religion in Society
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)
MED215117 - Media Production Foundations - QA Set Media Production Foundations
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)
LST215117 - Legal Studies Foundation - QA Set Legal Studies - Foundation
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)
HAE215115 - History and the Environment - QA Set History and the Environment
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)
ENG215117 - English Foundations - QA set English Foundations
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)
ENA215114 - English Applied - QA Set English Applied
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)
EAL215114 - English as an Additional Language or Dialect - QA Set English as an Additional Language or Dialect
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)
CGD215113 - Computer Graphics and Design - Foundation - QA Set Computer Graphics and Design - Foundation
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)
ART215217 - Art Practice - QA Set Art Practice
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)
ART215117 - Visual Art - QA Set Visual Art
(Updated Apr 12, 2017)

Quality Assurance Reports

TASC sends providers two reports after the September meetings:
  • one in early October that contains information regarding compliance with meeting requirements (and any required remedial action) and data sets for each course comparing provider ratings and awards and those given by the meeting
  • one at the start of the following year comparing provider ratings and awards, those given by the meeting, and those reported as final ratings to TASC. TASC undertakes an analysis of these data sets and may request further information, clarification and/or evidence where apparent discrepencies are identified.

The October Quality Assurance Report:
The report includes various subject (course) page reports.
For each subject (course) there should be four (4) learners represented by four bodies of work required for tabling at the meeting. In cases where a provider's enrolments in a course are four or less, work from all learners' should be tabled. So, if there are only three enrolments, only three learners will appear. The number of enrolments recorded in our system at the time of printing is noted in the top section of each page. If you have more than four enrolments but less that four learners noted per subject sheet, the quality assurance requirements for this course have not been met.

Each subject (course) page presents ratings against TASC-nominated criteria and an award (based on the application of a modified algorithm) that the ratings indicate. Two data sets are given:
  • 'school' (the ratings and award given to each body of student work by your teachers)
  • 'QA meeting' (the ratings and awards given to each body of student work by teachers at the TASC QA meeting for the course).

These ratings and awards are not intended to predict end-of-year results, but rather are judgements about each body of work that was tabled at the time of the meeting.

Against each nominated criterion there should be ratings (from both 'school' and 'QA meeting') ranging from 'A+' to 't' ('t' being that the evidence in the student work was below a 'C' rating as described in the course document). In cases where the ratings are shown variously as 'NA' (not assessed), 'NW' (no work) or 'Z' (no evidence) the body of student work tabled at the meeting did not meet the QA requirements of this course: all bodies of work were required to include sufficient evidence to allow assessment judgments, even if these judgements were that the work was below a 'C' standard on nominated criterion/ia and was therefore a 't' rating. The ability to apply a modified algorithm to reach an award is compromised in cases where no evidence is presented.

Interpreting the October Quality Assurance Report:
A close correlation between the 'school' ratings and award and the 'QA meeting' ratings and award indicate that your teachers' interpretation and application of a course's criteria standards aligns with that of their peers in other learning communities.

Some minor discrepancies between the two sets of data ('school' and 'QA meeting' ratings/awards) are to be expected. So, for example, a 'school' rating on a single criterion as 'C' and 'QA meeting' rating of 'B-' is of little concern.

Cases where there are distinct differences between the two sets of data - especially if this is evident in more than one of the bodies of student work assessed for a course - could indicate that the provider's interpretation and application of a course's criteria standards is:
  • "too easy" (e.g. if 'school' is 'A's' and 'EA', but 'QA meeting' is a mixture of 'B's' and 'C's', and 'SA/CA')
  • "too hard" (e.g. if 'school' is 'C's' and 'SA', but 'QA meeting' is a mixture of 'B's' and 'A's', and 'HA').

Future Actions Based on the the October Quality Assurance Report:
If major discrepancies are noted we ask that you give very careful consideration to the need for action. Actions might include, but are not limited to:
  • increased provider-based moderation, especially for major assessment tasks
  • the use of teachers and/or subject or course experts from outside the learning community to take part in moderated assessments with your teachers
  • review of ratings/grade/marks given thus far in major assessment tasks.

At the end of the year TASC will compare the 'school' and 'QA meeting' ratings/awards for each learner in a nominated course with those a provider report to us as the final assessments. While it is understood that neither the 'school' nor 'QA meeting' ratings/awards are predictions of final results (but rather two points for assessment of the same materials), noted major discrepancies will be discussed with the provider. For example, if the 'school' ratings/awards were 'A's' and 'EA', and 'QA meeting' ratings/awards were 'C's' and 'SA', and the final reported results were 'A's' and 'EA' this may - or may not - indicate that the QA advice had been ignored. In any event, it provides a point for discussion with the provider.

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