VCAL Quality Assurance 2017

Stages 1 and 2  New VCAL providers in 2017

A new VCAL provider is a provider who is delivering the VCAL for the first time in 2017.

All providers delivering VCAL for the first time are classified as Category 3 for VCAL QA purposes.

The following are the VCAL QA arrangements for new VCAL providers in 2017. There are two stages to the VCAL QA process.

Stage 1 details

The date and venue for the Stage 1 meeting will be provided by the VLT for your VCAL QA region.

All new 2017 VCAL providers will be required to submit sample assessment task templates for the following VCAL units:

  • one VCAL Personal Development Skills (PDS) unit
  • one VCAL Work Related Skills (WRS) unit
  • one VCAL Literacy Skills unit (Reading and Writing)
  • one VCAL Numeracy Skills unit
  • Skills for Further Study – Senior (if delivered).

The number of copies required for submission may vary between VCAL QA regions. Providers should contact their VLT to confirm the number of copies to be submitted.

New providers must ensure that their selection of sample assessment task templates covers all VCAL levels being delivered. For example, where a provider is delivering all VCAL levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior – including all possible VCAL units, a new provider could submit a sample assessment task template from:

  • one PDS unit (Foundation)
  • one WRS unit (Intermediate)
  • one Literacy Skills unit (Reading and Writing) (Senior)
  • one Numeracy Skills unit (any level)
  • Skills for Further Study – Senior (Senior).

This means that the maximum number of templates that any new provider needs to submit is five.

If only one VCAL level is being delivered, which includes only PDS units, a sample assessment task template for two different PDS units is required (a total of two templates).

The above arrangements therefore require a provider to bring:

  • a minimum of two templates (all VCAL programs must have at least two VCAL units)
  • a maximum of five templates.

Sample assessment task template/s submitted for PDS, SFS and WRS units must address all learning outcomes.

Providers that are delivering the VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills units will be required to submit the Reading and Writing unit for Literacy Skills and one VCAL Numeracy Skills unit. Providers may also choose to submit a Literacy Skills – Oral Communication unit (all learning outcomes).

Sample assessment task template/s submitted for Literacy Skills units within the Literacy and Numeracy Skills strand must address four learning outcomes – two for reading and two for writing.

Sample assessment task template/s submitted for Numeracy Skills units within the Literacy and Numeracy Skills strand must address four learning outcomes. The four learning outcomes need not be met within 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 requirement does not apply to the other VCAL strands/units. For other VCAL units one task must be used to meet all elements within a learning outcome.

Providers who are required to submit a numeracy unit for QA and are delivering both the Senior numeracy units, will be required to submit the Advanced Numeracy Skills sample assessment task template for QA.

Providers, who are being QA in WRS in 2017 and are using structured work placement or a student’s part-time job to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes from a WRS unit, are requested to include these activities in the sample assessment task template submitted for QA in 2017.

Providers must include sufficient detail in their 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. If worksheets are used to meet some of the elements, the worksheets could be submitted with the sample assessment task template.

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Stage 2 details

The date and venue for the Stage 2 meetings will be circulated by the VLT in your VCAL QA region.

VCAL providers required to attend Stage 2 meetings 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.

For Stage 2 of the VCAL QA process, all new providers for 2017 are required to bring to the Stage 2 meeting completed sample assessment task templates and one student’s portfolio of evidence for:

  • one VCAL Personal Development Skills unit
  • one VCAL Work Related Skills unit
  • one VCAL Literacy Skills unit (Reading and Writing)
  • one VCAL Numeracy Skills unit
  • Skills for Further Study – Senior (if delivered).

The selection of portfolios must cover all VCAL levels being delivered. If only one VCAL level is being delivered, which includes only PDS units, two completed templates and portfolios from two different PDS units are required.

The above arrangements require a provider to bring:

  • a minimum of two templates and portfolios (all VCAL programs must have at least two VCAL units)
  • a maximum of five templates and student portfolios.

Portfolios of evidence

A student portfolio contains evidence of the student’s own work that demonstrates successful completion of the VCAL unit learning outcomes. It can include:

  • teacher observation checklists
  • student self-assessment (verified by teacher/supervisor)
  • reflective work journals
  • logbooks
  • a record of oral presentations or discussions
  • written texts, e.g. reflective diaries
  • information and communications technology (e.g. blogs, wikis, podcasts, e-portfolios, multimedia presentations)
  • newspaper articles verifying student participation in a community project
  • action plans and timelines
  • photographic records of project work
  • teacher observation of role plays
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • a record of a radio broadcast
  • a website.

 

2017 VCAL Unit Sample Assessment Task Templates
Templates provided within 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.