Each year schools are required to report final internal ratings to TASC in Term 4. The reporting period is consistent each year, aligning with the written exam period and ensuring adequate time before the release of student results.

TASC uses the final internal ratings reported by course providers to generate qualifications that include awards such as Satisfactory Achievement (SA) or Exceptional Achievement (EA). TASC does this by applying the award requirement algorithms articulated in the relevant course document. The class teacher can predict the award for Level 1 and Level 2 course by similarly applying the algorithms.


Submitting internal ratings to TASC:

Schools are to ensure that the final internal ratings submitted to TASC are:

  • an accurate reflection of a student’s achievement against the course criteria
  • known and signed by the student
  • submitted by the due date/s (see TASC key dates calendar)
  • accurate and error free (schools should have quality control and data-entry control checks in place).
Internal ratings submission process:
  1. Determine each individual student’s final internal ratings for each criterion – Determining final ratings: General Information for Teachers
  2. Provide students with their final internal ratings (additional information below)
  3. Submit final internal ratings to TASC via TRACS or the sector-based reporting system, i.e., SARIS by the due date/s.
    During this period schools will perform quality control checks. Two TRACS reports are available to run at this stage: Missing internal ratings report and the Rating Verification report.

Verifying submitting internal ratings:

TASC provides a verification period for schools to ensure that the uploaded internal ratings are error free. Any required corrections must be made before the end of the verification period. Additional information about the verification process can be found below.

Verification of internal ratings process:
  1. Run the TRACS’ Rating Verification reports from TRACS and distribute to individual class teachers. Teachers are to confirm that the ratings are accurate by signing and dating the document.
  2. Corrections to incorrect ratings must be made on both the Rating Verification report and in TRACS (or the sector-based reporting system, i.e., SARIS before the end of the verification period)
  3. Archive the Rating Verification Reports, including those annotated. Schools may need to access these reports at a later stage.

Resources

Students must be made aware of the final internal ratings the teacher, on behalf of the school, are reporting to TASC.

TASC Standards for Providers – Provider Standard 6Course providers will have policies and procedures to ensure that any disputes regarding internal assessments are resolved prior to final reporting to TASC.

  • Schools need to provide students with a copy of their final internal ratings to sign before providing the ratings to TASC
  • Students also need to be advised of the school’s process to request a review of their internal ratings.
  • Standards for providers – Standard 6 provides additional information about the policies and procedures schools will have in place.
  • The copy of their internal ratings should be provided within a timeframe that allows the school review process to be undertaken before submission to TASC.

Resources:

  • The final internal ratings provided to students should have the ratings against each course criterion. This final rating will be based on the assessment records kept over the year, as shown in the assessment record at pg. 5-6 of the Internal Assessment document.
  • An example Final Internal Ratings Report for students and School Self-Evaluation: Quality Assurance Tool for Standard 6 are available for schools to use.
  • The new student information sheet on Understanding Assessment may be a useful resource for schools to provide to students and parents to help them better understand criterion-based assessment and how the criterion achievement ratings translate to the overall award for the course.

Important features to include in the information provided to students’ with their internal ratings:

  • Course title. name and Level
  • Student’s name
  • Date that report is provided to students
  • Internal ratings for each criterion
  • A statement, clearly outlining that the school has a process to request a review of your internal ratings
  • Student signature
  • Course criteria
  • Award requirements

 

Mark book ratings translated to a student friendly report of internal ratings.

Reporting final internal ratings to students

TASC provides a verification period for schools to ensure that the uploaded internal ratings are error free.  Any required corrections must be made before the end of the verification period. This verification period is provided to ensure internal ratings are error free, not for additional changes to be made following the due date to TASC.

There are two types of reports a school can run via TRACS:

  • Missing rating report
  • Rating Verification Reports

These reports can be run by the school at any time during the verification period.

Schools must run an Internal Ratings Verification Report during the verification period to confirm that all entered ratings are correct. The reports are downloadable at the TASC course level as PDFs, i.e., Level 3 and 4 course and as a separate report for Level 1, 2 and Preliminary courses.

If corrections for any of the internal ratings are required, it is the responsibility of the school to ensure that the corrections are made before the closing date of the verification period.

If a school requests a change to the final internal ratings after the verification period is closed an additional process and supporting documentation will be required.
Schools will need to:

  • make an official request to change a rating via TRACS using a ‘Internal rating error’ communication type
  • provide the assessment record for the individual student (including final assessment rubric)
  • provide a copy of the school-based documents used to inform the student of their final ratings (see Standards for Providers Standard 6)
  • outline the cause of the reporting error and why the checking process did not identify the issue
  • details future actions (e.g., updating of school’s checking procedure) to ensure error does not re-occur (continuous improvement).