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Notice 15 2019

Notice to Schools 15/2019 − 27 February 2019

2019 School-based Assessment Audit

Principals/Directors, VCE coordinators and VASS administrators

Main points

Schools providing the VCE must deliver the course to the standards established by the VCAA and ensure the integrity of student assessments and compliance with the VCAA requirements for the relevant assessment program. For school-based assessment, the standards and requirements are stated in the assessment specifications set out in the relevant VCE study design and the VCE assessment principles (January 2019).

Schools were notified of their requirements for the audit through VASS on Monday 25 February. The following screen in VASS contains the list of studies being audited: School Program > VCE > School-based Assessment Audit.

VASS contains instructions for schools on how to complete the first stage of the audit.

Action required

Principals/Directors should ensure that VCE coordinators and VASS administrators are aware of the Unit 3 School-based Assessment Audit requirements for your school.

Critical dates

Monday 25 February − notification of Unit 3 School-based Assessment Audit requirements

Monday 18 March − responses due for Unit 3 audit questionnaire

Monday 6 May − notification of outcomes of Unit 3 audit questionnaire

Additional information

All schools are audited annually for at least one VCE study and all VCE studies are subject to the School-based Assessment Audit. The purpose of the audit is to help protect the integrity of the VCE and its results. The audit checks that the standards and requirements set out in study designs are being followed and that assessment is being carried out in line with the VCE assessment principles.

The first stage of the audit consists of a study-specific audit questionnaire, completed online by teachers on behalf of the school. The responses provided by the school to the audit questionnaire enable the VCAA to determine if school-based assessment is following the specifications and requirements set out in the accredited VCE study design and the VCE assessment principles.

All dates relating to the audit are published on the Important Administrative Dates and Assessment Schedule webpage.

Further information on the School-based Assessment Audit can be found on the VCE General Advice and Policy webpage or by contacting the School-based Assessment Audit unit:   school.assessment.vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au or (03) 9032 1735.