VCAL Quality Assurance 2019
VCAL QA arrangements for existing providers
Providers who have delivered the VCAL prior to 2019 are referred to as existing providers.
VCAL providers in each VCAL QA region will be required to submit up to two VCAL units for VCAL QA.
The VCAA has allocated a VCAL strand/unit to each VCAL QA region. See 2019 Allocation of VCAL strands to the VCAL QA Regions in the VCAA Notice to Schools concerning VCAL Quality Assurance for 2019 outlines which VCAL strand/unit is to be submitted for VCAL QA.
Category 1 providers
After the VCAL unit sample assessment task templates have been submitted to the VLTs, the regional VCAL QA panels will determine the category status for each provider.
Providers that are allocated Category 1 status are not required to attend the VCAL QA Stage 1 and 2 meetings, however attendance at QA is highly recommended. Providers may choose to attend QA stage 1 and or 2 for professional development and networking purposes.
Category 2 and 3 providers
Details on the date and venue for the Stage 1 (Category 2 and 3 providers) meetings will be provided by the VLT for your VCAL QA region.
VCAL providers required to attend the Stage 1 meeting may be required to submit copies of their VCAL unit sample assessment task template. The number of copies required for submission may vary between VCAL QA regions. Providers should contact their VLT to confirm the number of copies they must submit.
The following are the VCAL QA arrangements for existing VCAL providers, allocated to Categories 2 and 3 in 2019:
- Category 2 providers are required to attend the Stage 1 meeting and may also be required to attend the Stage 2 meeting.
- Category 3 providers are required to attend both Stages 1 and 2 meetings.
Stage 1 details for Categories 2 and 3 providers
Providers in the VCAL QA regions that have been allocated the Literacy and Numeracy Skills strand will be required to submit the Reading and Writing unit for Literacy Skills and one VCAL Numeracy unit chosen from Foundation, Unit 1 Intermediate Numeracy, Unit 1 Senior Numeracy or Advanced Numeracy Skills Senior Providers may also choose to submit a Literacy Skills – Oral Communication unit (all learning outcomes).
The sample assessment task template submitted for the Literacy Skills unit, within the Literacy and Numeracy Skills strand, must address four learning outcomes – two for reading and two for writing.
The sample assessment task template submitted for the selected Numeracy Skills unit, within the Literacy and Numeracy Skills strand, must address all learning outcomes from that unit. The elements do not need to be met in one activity or task. Therefore, the variety of assessment tasks or activities must be included on the cover page of the sample assessment task template in the ‘Overview of the assessment task and the project/theme it is linked to’section.
Providers should note that the above Numeracy Skills unit requirement does not apply to the other VCAL strands/units. For all other VCAL units, one task must be used to meet all elements within a learning outcome.
The sample assessment task template submitted for the Personal Development Skills (PDS), Skills for Further Study – Senior (SFS) and Work Related Skills (WRS) units must address all learning outcomes.
The VCAL QA panel may also request additional VCAL units/strands and/or a different VCAL level to be submitted for VCAL QA. The relevant VLT will contact individual providers where this is the case.
Each provider must submit a sample assessment task for a unit at the Lowest level at which it is delivered. For example a provider that delivers both Intermediate and Senior WRS would be required to submit a sample assessment task for an Intermediate WRS unit.
In the case of PDS and WRS units, providers can determine which unit is submitted. For example for WRS, providers may choose to submit either Units 1 or 2.
Providers must include sufficient detail in the sample assessment task template/s for their VCAL QA panel to determine if the learning outcomes and all appropriate elements have been met and that the tasks are at the appropriate level. For example, if worksheets are used to meet some of the elements, the worksheets could be submitted with the sample assessment task template.
The regional VCAL QA panels will determine the best method for providing feedback to participating providers.
Providers with questions regarding the 2019 VCAL QA process for their region should contact their VLT. For contact details please see VCAL Liaison Teacher (VLT), in the VCAA Notice to Schools regarding VCAL Quality Assurance arrangements for 2019.
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Stage 2 details for Categories 2 and 3 providers
Details on the date and venue for your Stage 2 meeting will be provided by the VLT for your VCAL QA region.
VCAL providers required to attend the Stage 2 meeting will be required to submit copies of their VCAL unit sample assessment task template and a student’s portfolio of evidence. The number of copies required for submission may vary between VCAL QA regions. Providers should contact their VLT to confirm the number of copies they must submit.
It is recommended that the teacher/s who attended the Stage 1 VCAL QA meeting also attend the Stage 2 VCAL QA meeting.
At the Stage 2 meeting, teacher/s will work in small groups with a VCAL QA panel member to compare and discuss assessment judgements.