Develop assessment tools

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver TAAASS403B, 'Develop assessment tools'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Determine the focus of the assessment tool


The target group of candidates and the purpose/s and context/s of assessment are identified/clarified


The relevant benchmarks for assessment are accessed and interpreted to establish the evidence required to demonstrate competency


Where competency standards form the assessment benchmark/s, all component parts of the competency standards are interpreted and, where relevant, these standards are contextualised to meet organisational legal/ ethical requirements, in accordance with contextualisation guidelines


Other related documentation is identified to inform assessment tool development


Determine assessment tool needs


Assessment methods are selected which will support the collection of defined evidence, taking into account the context in which the assessment will take place and meeting the principles of assessment


Nominated assessment methods enable candidates to show or support their claim for recognition of current competency


Different instruments for the selected assessment methods are considered and options for assessment activities are generated using critical thinking skills


Design and develop assessment tools


Specific instruments are developed to address the evidence to be collected based on devising assessment activities which:

meet the competency standards

reflect the principles of assessment

incorporate principles of access and equity

meet the rules of evidence

provide choice, where appropriate

are sequenced to reflect competency development in a learning and assessment pathway

are user-friendly

reflect the assessment environment

are practicable


Assessment instruments are developed using appropriate:

style and format

language, literacy and numeracy

sensitivity to audience diversity

visual and aural representation



Clear and specific procedures instructing the assessor and/or candidate on the administration and use of the instruments are defined and documented


Relevant assessment system policy and procedures requirements are considered and addressed including storage and retrieval needs, review and evaluation, version control procedures


Review and trial assessment tools


Draft assessment tools are checked against evaluation criteria and amended, where necessary


Draft assessment tools are trialled to validate content and applicability


Feedback from relevant people involved in trialling is collected and documented


Amendments to the final tools are made based on analysis of feedback, where required


Revised assessment tools are appropriately formatted and filed in accordance with assessment system policies and procedures and organisational/legal/ethical requirements

Qualifications and Skillsets

TAAASS403B appears in the following qualifications:

  • PUA50707 - Diploma of Public Safety (Range Management)
  • PUA50501 - Diploma of Public Safety (Firefighting Management)
  • WRH40109 - Certificate IV in Hairdressing
  • PMC40110 - Certificate IV in Manufactured Mineral Products
  • DEF50712 - Diploma of Range Management