From marking to issuing results
Marking the Assessment
1. It is the In2Asssessments policy that all new assessors when starting will have all assessment judgements moderated until such time as the EPA manager is confident that the assessor demonstrates a level of consistently, making accurate judgements against the criteria and show a clear level of standardisation across the assessment process and across sites and different assessment methods.
This is outlined to all assessors and moderators in their induction and training and is monitored by the EPA Manager as part of the support and development provided throughout the whole EPA process.
. Sampling Plan (Condition H1.1)
2. In2Assessments assessment policy is for all tasks to provide credible evidence against the criteria in realistic contexts and therefore to fairly reflect competence of the candidates across a range of realistic and comparable circumstances. (Condition H1.2)
3. Where there are a range of different assessment tasks or methods used for determining the competence of the learner against the assessment criteria, the only requirement is that the learner demonstrates competence in keeping with the criteria, therefore if in the judgement of In2Assessments, any specific task makes it more difficult for a learner to demonstrate their legitimate competence against the criteria, feedback will be provided to the assessor and reasonable adjustments made to ensure that the learner can demonstrate such competence that they have attained. (Condition H1.2). All assessors, moderators and verifiers must be confident that any assessment adjustments are consistently applied to ensure that the assessment criteria are secure for any particular learner and that the demand is not greater than that required for a judgement to be secure against the assessment criteria. (Condition H1.3)
Marking by a Centre
There will be no occasions where marking will be undertaken by a centre, a centre will not be called upon to invigilate any part of the assessment, all marking will be done by an In2assessments Independent assessor. Therefore, In2assessments will not need to make any alterations to its marking or assessment practices in regards to moderation or scrutiny. Resulting in In2assessments not needing to comply with Conditions H2.1 to H2.10).
Monitoring the specified levels of attainment for a qualification
5. Levels for In2Assessments qualifications are determined by assessment criteria in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). These are agreed between awarding organisations and referenced to the overall RQF level descriptors. (Condition H3.1)
Adjudication by Ofqual of specified levels of attainment for a qualification
6. In2Assessments will abide by any adjudication made by Ofqual in relation to its qualifications in terms of specified levels of the qualification. In doing so the awarding organisation (AO) is complying with the (Condition H4.1)
Results for a qualification must be based on sufficient evidence
7. In2Assessments requires that each learner provides credible evidence against the assessment criteria to their assessor. Assessors must be confident that the learner's evidence reflects the minimum standard set by the criteria in the context of the RQF framework. In2Assessments allows flexibility in the type of evidence provided based on the context and local conditions with the aim that the evidence is produced in contexts as typical as possible of working conditions. The quantity of evidence must be sufficient for the assessor to make a secure judgment. In any case where the moderator/verifier believes the evidence to be insufficient, they will ask for more evidence taking account any evidence already received. All learners will be required to meet the same conditions in terms of providing evidence against the criteria. This then fulfils (Condition H5)
8. In cases where numeric scores are specified for evidence, those numeric scores must be a fair reflection of demonstrated competence against the assessment criteria and the rules for aggregating scores for different grades from different assessments will be made explicit and applied consistently to all learners. (Condition H5.4)
9. All results for all units and qualifications will be recorded on an on-line database and will be possible to verify from here using the unit certificate or the qualifications certificate number. In2Assessments policy is to provide moderation/verification on demand with results issued within a few working days of the process. The details are provided in the In2Assessments Policies and Procedures. The method of communicating results fits the standard RQF structures. Where Ofqual restrict the AO via writing of issuing certificates, In2Assessments will comply with such conditions until it is complied with Ofqual's requirements or has reached the specified date advised. (Condition H6.2) All results are based on the provision of sufficient and credible evidence that the learner has matched the assessment criteria. (Condition H6)
10. Where In2Assessments discovers a result that has been issued is incorrect, it will inform the appropriate parties and amend the result. This may be due to:
(a) an successful appeal that discovers an error in the assessment process
(b) the result of an appeal that may have had an adverse effect on other candidates that were under the same assessor
(c) the result of a review of malpractice, that may have had an adverse effect on those assessed by the assessor or verifier.
(d) where Ofqual has advised on making changes to published results