Quality Assuring the assessment process – Assessment policies and procedures

Assessment Policies and Procedures

Fair and Consistent Assessment is a key element in current quality assurance procedures. This includes a number of processes to ensure the integrity of assessment such as the Internal Verification and External Authentication Processes, Exam Board meetings and approval by the Results Approval Panel (RAP).

Internal verification (IV) procedures are designed to ensure the accuracy of the results produced for learners from the assessment process. External Authentication provides for an independent examiner to attend a centre and check the assessment material and results to ensure national standards have been adhered to and results are accurate.

The Results Approval Panel is formed at the end of the programme each year for each centre and makes the final decision on result and putting learners forward for certification. RAPs can have external representation and allow for examination at centre level of quality assurance procedures. A full report is provided by the Centre to CDETB at the completion of the process.

Please see Centre QA Procedures on quality assuring assessment at centre level:
CDETB Assessments Procedures – (Under Review)
CDETB Assessment Malpractice Procedures (Under Review)

Please also see the relevant section in Executive Self Evaluation Report – See Link

Examination of Scripts and External Appeals

Learners may request to view their examination scripts in all services. A learner may submit an appeal application for CDETB managed external assessment in College of Further Educations. All other services have an appeals procedure which is managed by centre and service managers.

Independent external appeals examiners are appointed to process the appeal and re-examine the work submitted by the learner. In cases where an external appeals examiner recommended a change the assessment result, CDETB informs QQI of the amended result to be recorded for the learner.

Other Awarding Body Assessment Processes

Non-QQI assessments are undertaken in line with the quality assurance agreements entered into by the centre with the other certifying body e.g. BTEC, ITEC, City and Guilds. For queries in relation to the appeal processes for non-QQI awarding bodies please contact your relevant centre.

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Support Services and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)

Centres, request resources necessary to deliver quality assured courses as part of the course application approval and as part of the annual application processes.

Centres are supported by the Curriculum Development Unit, the CDETB Psychological Service and the Sports and Cultural Council, which organises City wide events for learners to participate in. CDETB also has service level agreements with the Disability Support Service.

CDETB is currently finalising a dedicated TEL strategy to support the use of learning enhancing technologies, which includes the use of Blended Learning. This strategy is in line with the National Technology Enhanced Learning Strategy for the FET Sector.

See the relevant sections in the CDETB Executive Self Evaluation Report. See Link

Please see National TEL Strategy See Link 

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Information and Data Analytics

Data and information collection is required as part of self-evaluation processes at centre level when reviewing programmes, this information included student performance data and External Authentication reports.

When centres are applying for approval to deliver new courses, they are required to provide a rationale and evidence of consultation. This data informs decision making in relation to approving new courses.

CDETB, is recently established a Research and Data Analytics Unit, to provide for the use of data being captured in a variety of systems and for this to inform strategic planning at corporate level.

Please see the relevant section in CDETB ESE Report. See Link

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