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Panel roles

The VCAL quality assurance (QA) process ensures a common understanding among teachers on assessment judgements and the design of assessment tasks for the three VCAL levels.

The QA process also provides an opportunity for teachers to clarify their ideas about the appropriate VCAL level and tasks for students.

A QA panel, comprising a VCAL Liaison Teacher as facilitator and three VCAL practitioners, will be established in each Department of Education and Training region. The panel members must be current VCAL practitioners with a good understanding of the VCAL and curriculum.

The QA process involves meetings in April/May (Stage 1) and September/October (Stage 2).

All QA panel members are required to attend the annual VCAA VCAL QA panel induction day.

Role of the VCAL Liaison Teacher

The role of the VCAL Liaison Teacher is to:

  • chair the regional VCAL QA panel, including ongoing liaison with the QA panel, providers and the VCAA
  • collect QA sample tasks from providers and distribute them to QA panel members
  • convene a meeting/s of the QA panel after sample tasks have been submitted by providers
  • follow up any provider who has not submitted sample tasks by the due date
  • organise the venue/s for both Stage 1 and 2 meetings
  • supervise and participate in the quality assurance process of VCAL units
  • ensure that feedback and advice is given to providers during the quality assurance process
  • prepare a report for the VCAA at the end of each stage of QA
  • participate in VCAA VCAL provider audits
  • forward examples of best practice to the VCAA for publication.

Additional responsibilities of the VCAL Liaison Teacher include to:

  • provide advice and support to VCAL coordinators and teachers in their region during the year
  • liaise with the VCAA central office VCAL team.

Role of QA panel member

The role of the QA panel member is to:

  • liaise with VCAL Liaison Teacher (VLT) and other panel members throughout the QA process
  • receive SATTs from the VLT and assess each one and record on the feedback sheet
  • assist the VLT as requested, including facilitating aspects of QA meetings, following up with providers, and giving feedback to both the VLT and providers
  • establish, with the VLT, regional benchmarks for consistency in the design and assessment of VCAL units and VCAL unit learning outcomes
  • provide advice to VCAL providers that will enable them to design VCAL unit assessment tasks and to make assessment judgments about successful achievement of the learning outcomes for VCAL unit
  • select examples of best practice VCAL tasks for circulation.

Role of QA panel observer

The role of the QA panel observer is to:

  • shadow QA panel members in reviewing and assessing SATT’s in order to understand the QA process
  • attend Stage 1 and 2 QA meetings and support the panel.

All QA panel members are required to attend the annual VCAA VCAL QA panel induction day.

VCAL QA panel application process and timelines for 2020 will be advertised via the Notice to Schools.