Presentation on theme: "Review of Assessment Models of Essential Skills Qualifications:"— Presentation transcript:
1 Review of Assessment Models of Essential Skills Qualifications: Communication and Application of NumberLevel 1 and 2CCEA Regulation
2 Background Low success rates Part achievement of qualification Appropriateness of the current qualificationFunctional Skills – EnglandEssential Skills WalesRe-accreditation of Essential Skills in 2010
3 Current Assessment Model Developed using Key Skills Standards at Level 1 & 2 in 2004Action-based Activities (ABA) for portfolio and Desktop Tasks (DTT) instead of tests. Purpose of the DTT is to confirm the portfolio level.Externally set, internally marked and externally moderatedTo achieve Essential Skills qualification mustproduce a portfolio of evidence using ABA at Level 1 or 2andobtain a pass mark of at least 70% in a level 1 or 2 DTT 50% or more achieved at level 2 will be awarded a level 1.
4 Skills qualifications England and Wales England: Functional SkillsUse Functional Skills standardsAvailable from Entry 1 through to Level 2Range of summative assessment model – test only plus test and task modelsExternally set and externally markedWales: Essential Skills WalesUse converged key and basic skills standardsAvailable from Entry 1 through to Level 4Embedded model – assessed through portfolio only
5 Work undertaken to date Review of assessment models in England and WalesA mapping exercise completed comparing the standards and evidence requirements for the current Level 1 & 2 Essential Skills with the Functional Skills, Essential Skills Wales to adult literacy, adult ESOL and adult numeracy core curriculum which articulates evidence requirements across the range of standardsFocus groups held with Essential Skills tutors and awarding body moderators to identify strengths and areas for improvement in ABA and DTTAssessment models developed with Essential Skills awarding bodies for operation in centres from Sept 09.
6 Cohort for review300 learners in a range of settings – community, voluntary, FE, workplace and trainingEach awarding body to recruit 150 learners10 tutors minimum per ABEach tutor to have a control group ie to be teaching existing model with another group of learners as well as the review group for the same subject and levelTarget tutors to be identified by at latest mid October 2009
7 Roles and Responsibilities Awarding Bodies – select tutors/centres 10 minimum,Moderators – from the awarding bodies revise/create assessment materials and provide support for new itemsTutors – compulsory attendance at training events and completed assessment by February 2010Regulators – ensure all learners in the Review are not disadvantaged will be awarded Essential Skills qualification regardless of method of assessmentEssential Skills Steering Group – current membership ETI, LSDA, DEL, DE, EGSA, QUB, ABs, SSC, Regulator – will receive regular reports on progress of review