Quality Assuring the Assessment Process


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 QA Assessment Guidelines for Colleges of FE – Assessment/Deadlines/Extensions/Repeats/Reasonable Accommodations and Supports
CDETB QA Guidelines Assessment Malpractice for Colleges of FE – Learner Assessment Suspected Malpractice/Investigation Procedure
CDETB QA Guidelines for Examboards RAPs and Course Reviews

Please see the relevant section in Executive Self Evaluation Report

Please see the relevant section in QIP Report 2019

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.

CDETB External Appeals Process Handbook 2019
Centre External Appeal Application Form 2019
Learner Appeal Application Form 2019

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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