What is a body of work?
Each body of student work is made up of a number of assessment tasks completed by one student. In some cases it may be a single large task or folio. Information sheets for each course describe the type of work required.
How many bodies of student work per school?
Four bodies of student work per school (not class) for each course meeting. The work should be from students enrolled at your school.
How much material in each body of work?
The size of the bodies of student work should be enough to provide evidence for assessment judgements against all required criteria, and when indicated, against specific TCE standards (e.g. meeting every day adult reading and writing requirements). It should be possible to assess a body of student work in a reasonable timeframe (e.g. 15 minutes).
Should the work be marked?
The work may have already been assessed by a teacher but the copies should be free from comments, grades, ratings or marks.
Should the bodies of work be photocopied?
It is preferred that the bodies of student work are photocopied in case of accident/loss during the process, however, in some cases (e.g. art works), this is not practical.
What if the body of student work contains electronic only items?
If bodies of student work contain items that require special equipment to view/listen to (such as a laptop to view a PowerPoint presentation) it is the school’s responsibility to ensure that equipment is available at the meeting.
Should information about the assessment tasks set be included?
A brief context statement may be given. During the meeting process, it is the evidence provided by the body of work measured against the criteria/standards that is the focus of assessment, not ‘how well does the work answer the question/task’.
What if I don’t have suitable work from 4 students?
If you do not have enough bodies of work with the required characteristics, make up the balance of the required number with the ‘closest match’ you have. Don’t select work for which there is no evidence (‘z’ rating). It is understood that if you have fewer than four students enrolled in the course at your school, you will not be able to table the required bodies of work. Please ensure you inform the meeting chair of this.
What happens if a school does not table material or if the bodies of work do not meet the requirements for the task?
TASC may negotiate with a school to ensure compliance with the requirements. In such cases a TASC appointed subject expert/s will assess the bodies of student work rather than a meeting of teachers. Schools will be required to pay for this service on a cost-recovery basis.