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School-based Assessment Audit

Overview

Schools providing the VCE must deliver the course to the standards established by the VCAA, ensure the integrity of student assessments and ensure compliance with the requirements of the VCAA 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.

All VCE studies have a school-assessed component: School-assessed Coursework (SAC) or School-assessed Tasks (SAT) or a combination of both.

The purpose of the School-based Assessment 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.

Notification

All schools are audited annually for at least one VCE study and all VCE studies are subject to the School-based Assessment Audit. Schools were notified of the studies selected for audit in Unit 4 by email and through VASS on Tuesday 26 July.

Unit 4 Stage 1 audit outcomes and reports were released through VASS on Tuesday 4 October. Audit outcomes are accessible through the following screen in VASS: School Program VCE School-based Assessment Audit. Unit 4 audit reports can be downloaded from VASS – go to Downloads; and search Audit.

The Unit 4 audit report will include the audit outcome and details of any further action required by the school. For most schools that were found not have met VCAA assessment standards and requirements in Stage 1 of the Unit 4 audit, no further action is required.

Schools that were found not to have met VCAA assessment standards and requirements in Stage 1 of the Unit 4 audit progress to Stage 2 of the Unit 4 audit.

Information about Unit 4 Stage 2

The Unit 4 Audit Report includes details of any actions required by the school. Schools that have not yet met requirements may be required to submit further evidence and/or arrange for the teacher/s of the study in question to speak with the VCAA Curriculum Manager about their audit submission.

If you have been asked to arrange to speak with the Curriculum Manager, please complete the Audit Contact Form no later than Friday 14 October to provide relevant teacher contact details and preferred times for the VCAA Curriculum Manager to contact the teacher in question. The Audit Contact Form can be accessed via the link at the foot of this page.

If you have been asked to submit further evidence, please use the Unit 4 Further Evidence Submission Form to submit the requested further evidence no later than Friday 21 October. The Unit 4 Further Evidence Submission Form can be accessed via the link at the foot of this page.

If you have been asked both to arrange to speak with the Curriculum Manager and submit further evidence, please speak with the Curriculum Manager before submitting further evidence.

Technical Difficulties: If you experience technical difficulties with the Audit Contact Form or the Unit 4 Further Evidence Submission Form, please call (03) 9059 5166 or email the School-based Assessment Audit team.

Key dates and links

Key dates

  • 4 October: Unit 4 Stage 1 audit outcomes and reports available on VASS
  • 4 October: Unit 4 further evidence and contact information submissions open
  • 14 October: Due date for teachers to provide contact information (if required)
  • 21 October: Due date for school to submit Unit 4 further evidence (if required)
  • 29 November: Unit 4 Stage 2 audit outcomes and reports released through VASS

Key Links

Privacy statement and collection notice

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is a statutory authority continued under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act).

The information collected through this questionnaire is used by the VCAA to facilitate the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) School-based Assessment Audit as part of the VCAA's responsibilities under the Act. When you provide your name and email address in the questionnaire, this is 'personal information' within the meaning of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) (the PDP Act). Personal information is used, disclosed and handled by the VCAA in accordance with the PDP Act.

A third-party contractor, Qualtrics, collects and stores responses to the questionnaire (including any personal information) securely on its Australian-based servers on behalf of the VCAA. You can read the Qualtrics privacy policy here: www.qualtrics.com/privacy-statement  After the year in which the questionnaire is conducted, the VCAA stores questionnaire responses securely on its own servers, and retains and destroys the Data in accordance with the Public Records Act 1973 (Vic).

The questionnaire uses persistent cookies, enabling you to return and complete it over multiple sessions if you use the same internet browser and computer each time. Cookies are small data files that a website is able to place on a user's hard drive to record aspects of that user's experience of the website. If your internet browser is set to block all cookies, you will not be able to use this 'save and continue' function.

When an individual's personal information is provided to the VCAA by a third party, the VCAA requests that the individual is made aware their personal information will be or has been provided to the VCAA, the purpose for which it will be or was provided, and to whom it will be or is likely to be disclosed. So if you provide personal information about another person as part of your response, please tell that person.

An individual may request access to personal information the VCAA holds about them, if any, and request its correction if inaccurate. To do so, please contact the Manager, School-based Assessment Audit via email: school.assessment.vcaa@education.vic.gov.au

View the VCAA Privacy Policy.