In site-visit audits, TASC representatives visit schools and colleges to view teaching and learning materials and hold face-to-face discussions about the evidence presented.
There are two types of site-visit audit:
- provider audits – these audits are usually held over a full day and involve the formal review of materials from four or more courses. While resource-intensive such audits assist in the identification of systemic patterns, and the use of school-level policies and procedures
- focused audits – these audits are usually held over a few hours and involve the formal review of materials from one or two courses. Such audits are useful for the checking of delivery and assessment of individual courses.
While the two types of site visit audits differ in the time they take and the number of courses involved, both are underpinned by TASC’s auditing principles and are:
- outcomes focused
- evidence based
- focus on continuous improvement
- fair, open and transparent.
Auditing standards and evidence
TASC audits are conducted against defined and published standards. There are four common standards applied to all courses:
- All the knowledge, skills and experiences outlined in the course documents have been delivered to students.
- Individual students receiving qualifications relating to the course have been exposed to the knowledge, skills and experiences that comprise the course.
- Assessment tools and their associated marking guides and rubrics for making assessment judgments reflect the documented standards of the course.
- Successful students have met all of the assessment requirements for the course.
Courses with enhanced audit models (as noted in the quality assurance section of individual courses) are also audited against one or both of the following additional standards:
- archived samples of individual students’ work that illustrates the borderline between that judged as a pass/SA, or not.
- relationship to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
View the Audit Model Information Kit (PDF).