How to competency based assessment
The assessment process is that the final step a learner takes to confirm that their skills and knowledge align with performing a specific task, and, are in fact competent. Your role, as an assessor, is to create assessment that allows the learner to demonstrate their competency in numerous scenarios and situations. Multiple and varied assessment methods will be required to capture enough valid, sufficient, current and authentic evidence to articulate this competency.
Competency based assessment should be developed in line with current industry standards––it is essential your students are equipped with the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge for the workplace. Therefore, it is extremely beneficial to conduct an industry consultation with industry representatives in the development stage. Industry consultation with a variety of stakeholders is highly recommended as it will increase the quality and relevancy of your assessment to align with current methods, technologies, products and performance expectations.
A student management system (SMS) that integrates seamlessly with a learning management system (LMS) will make the process of creating competency based assessment a lot easier.
If your SMS and/or LMS have the following features, then you’re on the right track:
- A “create online assessment” tool or “assessment authoring software” that allows you to create an assessment, and deliver it online
- An assessment mapping matrix that allows you to map ASQA’s training components to assessments (with an assessment mapping tool, you don’t need a competency assessment checklist)
- A selection of competency based assessment methods, including observation checklists, online quizzes, short answers, marking criteria or RPL evidence
- A selection of grading methods, ranging from numerical scoring, custom grading scales, percentages, and customisable marking rubrics