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VCAL Quality Assurance 2017

Stage 1  Existing VCAL providers

Existing providers are providers who have delivered the VCAL prior to 2017.

VCAL providers in each VCAL QA region will be required to submit up to two VCAL units for VCAL QA.

The VCAA has allocated a VCAL strand/unit to each VCAL QA region. Please refer to the VCAA Notice to Schools about VCAL Quality Assurance for 2017, outlining which VCAL strand/unit is to be submitted for VCAL QA.

Category 1 providers

After the VCAL unit sample assessment task templates have been submitted to the VLTs, the regional VCAL QA panels will determine the category status for each provider. Providers that are allocated Category 1 status are not required to attend the VCAL QA Stage 1 and 2 meetings.

Category 2 and 3 providers

Details on the date and venue for the Stage 1 (Category 2 and 3 providers) meetings will be provided by the VLT for your VCAL QA region.

VCAL providers required to attend the Stage 1 meeting may be required to submit copies of their VCAL unit sample assessment task template.  The number of copies required for submission may vary between VCAL QA regions. Providers should contact their VLT to confirm the number of copies they must submit.

The following are the VCAL QA arrangements for existing VCAL providers, allocated to Categories 2 and 3 in 2017:

  • Category 2 providers are required to attend the Stage 1 meeting and may also be required to attend the Stage 2 meeting.
  • Category 3 providers are required to attend both Stages 1 and 2 meetings.

Stage 1 details for Categories 2 and 3 providers

Providers in the VCAL QA regions that have been allocated the Literacy and Numeracy Skills strand will be required to submit the Reading and Writing unit for Literacy Skills and one VCAL Numeracy unit. Providers may also choose to submit a Literacy Skills – Oral Communication unit (all learning outcomes).

The sample assessment task template submitted for the Literacy Skills unit, within the Literacy and Numeracy Skills strand, must address four learning outcomes – two for reading and two for writing.

The sample assessment task template submitted for the Numeracy Skills unit, within the Literacy and Numeracy Skills strand, must address four learning outcomes. The elements within the four learning outcomes need not be met with one individual task; however, it is essential that all elements in the four learning outcomes submitted for VCAL QA are addressed.

Providers should note that the above Numeracy Skills unit requirement does not apply to the other VCAL strands/units. For all other VCAL units, one task must be used to meet all elements within a learning outcome.

The sample assessment task template submitted for the Personal Development Skills (PDS), Skills for Further Study – Senior (SFS) and Work Related Skills (WRS) units must address all learning outcomes.

The VCAL QA panel may also request additional VCAL units/strands and/or a different VCAL level to be submitted for VCAL QA. The relevant VLT will contact individual providers where this is the case.

Each provider must submit a sample assessment task for a unit at the highest level at which it is delivered. For example, a provider that delivers both Intermediate and Senior WRS would be required to submit a sample assessment task for a Senior WRS unit.

In the case of PDS and WRS units, providers can determine which unit is submitted. For example for WRS, providers may choose to submit either Units 1 or 2.

Providers must include sufficient detail in the sample assessment task template/s for their VCAL QA panel to determine if the learning outcomes and all appropriate elements have been met and that the tasks are at the appropriate level.  For example, if worksheets are used to meet some of the elements, the worksheets could be submitted with the sample assessment task template.

The regional VCAL QA panels will determine the best method for providing feedback to participating providers.

Providers with questions regarding the 2017 VCAL QA process for their region should contact their VLT.

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Stage 2  Existing VCAL providers

Details on the date and venue for your Stage 2 meeting will be provided by the VLT for your VCAL QA region.

VCAL providers required to attend the Stage 2 meeting will be required to submit copies of their VCAL unit sample assessment task template and a student’s portfolio of evidence.  The number of copies required for submission may vary between VCAL QA regions. Providers should contact their VLT to confirm the number of copies they must submit.

It is recommended that the teacher/s who attended the Stage 1 VCAL QA meeting also attend the Stage 2 VCAL QA meeting.

At the Stage 2 meeting, teacher/s will work in small groups with a VCAL QA panel member to compare and discuss assessment judgments.

2017 VCAL Unit Sample Assessment Task Templates
Templates provided in the VCAL Quality Assurance Kit must be completed and submitted for QA. The relevant templates can be downloaded and saved to your local drive. Providers will then need to type into the templates. Providers must ensure that only 2017 templates are completed for the 2017 QA process.