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Internal Verification Checklist

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Internal Verification Checklist

    Whitby Community College Policy Document

    Adopted by the Governing Body on 18 March 2009

Internal Verification:

What is Internal Verification?

    ; IV means checking work is fit for purpose before it is handed out to students. For example:

    1. Learning Objectives are clearly stated on the assignment/coursework brief 2. Tasks related to the mark range for the criteria. Are the Tasks appropriate. Is the language

     and presentation appropriate

    3. Hand in hand out dates

     OVERALL: IS THE ASSIGNMENT FIT FOR PURPOSE?

    ; IV also means checking the marked work is verified before been handed back to the

    students. For example:

    1. Has the work been assessed/marked appropriately

    2. Is the feedback constructive, linked to relevant grading criteria, identifies opportunities

    for improved performance

    3. Does the grading decision need amending?

     OVERALL: IS THE FEEDBACK FOR THE STUDENT FIT FOR PURPOSE?

Why is it important:

    It is now a mandatory process for all Vocational Programmes (See Centre Risk Assessments). Also, recent Record of Visits from the LEA are now clearly showing the need and expectation of Internal Verification in academic programmes. Internal verification covers all of the terms used previously such as. Internal Verification is becoming the language used to describe all of the above and is designed to perform 1.Work Scrutiny 2. Moderation 3.Standardisation.

    The attached is process which aims to satisfy the demands of all our subjects in a standardised format which can be changed/amended but must contain the salient requirements.

The 4 steps of Internal Verification:

(Maximum requirement is 4 steps... An awarding body may provide assignments that are ‘fixed’

    and cannot be changed therefore Step 1 is redundant)

    1. Complete standardised assignment brief (Appendix 3) If applicable cross reference with

    any associated course documentation.

    2. Checking the work before it is handed out to the student ( Appendix1)

    3. Checking marked work before it is handed back to the students (Appendix 2)

    4. Ensuring an IV schedule is in place (Appendix 4)

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Internal Verification Guidance

Verifying Assignment / Coursework / Prior to Issue (see Appendix 1)

Completed by Subject Leader (Internal Verifier)

The Documents

    Check that the teacher marking the work has given you the most up to date version of the Assignment / Coursework.

You should also have a copy of the unit specification and the grading criteria.

The Assignment / Coursework:

Check:

Is the Assignment / Coursework relevant to the unit specification?

     Are the coursework outcomes indicated on the cover sheet? The Assignment/Coursework (see Appendix 3) should clearly state which outcomes the coursework is covering, there is a tracking grid to indicate if and when the student has achieved the outcomes.

     Does the assignment / coursework actually require the student to cover the outcomes that it states?

Are the tasks clearly stated and understandable? Are they achievable?

     Are the assessment /grading criteria specific and clear? Do they indicate exactly what the student must do to achieve a particular grade? Do they comply with the Awarding Body’s criteria (where applicable)?

The Details

Check the issue/hand in dates are current.

Check accuracy of other data title of coursework, unit title, name of teacher, etc.

The Authorisation

     If you are sure that all the conditions have been met you should confirm the assignment is fit for purpose

     on the IV Sheet (Appendix 1) initial and date in the ‘IV

     Approved Prior to issue’ box on the Assignment Brief (see Appendix 3)

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Internal Verification Guidance

Verifying Marked Coursework before it is handed back to the students

    Completed by the Subject Leader (Internal Verifier)

(see Appendix 2)

    The Internal Verification should occur before all marked coursework is returned to the students. So, you should obtain the IV samples from the teacher marking the work as soon as they have been marked, and conduct the IV promptly. The verified coursework can then be returned to the teacher marking the work to give back to the students at the same time as the rest of the coursework. You should also make time to discuss with the teacher marking the work any of your observations that may have implications for the coursework items that were not verified.

The Documents

    You should have a sample of coursework marked by the teacher marking the work. This should amount to not less than 10% of the total group size. There should be a cross section of grades.

    The Subject leader should ensure that work from as many students as possible (ideally, all of them) is selected for IV over the course of the year. Teachers can help by selecting different students each time they hand over any coursework for verifying.

    You should use the provided Internal Verification Sheet (Before marked assignment is handed back to the student) sheet (see Appendix 2) This part of the process is the same as moderating coursework.

The Process

    Complete the details unit, teacher marking the work, title etc on the IV Sheet (see Appendix 2) most of this is already created on the sheet and simply needs checking and inserting.

    Read the coursework. There is no need to re-mark the coursework but you need to confirm that the grade awarded by the teacher marking the work is appropriate for the standard of work submitted. You also need to check that the work has covered the outcomes, and the grading criteria, as stated on the assignment / coursework.

    Read the feedback from the teacher marking the work. The feedback is Interim and Summative within the Assignment / coursework template (see Appendix 3), or the teacher marking the work may write it throughout the coursework, or it may be a combination of both. If the Feedback is summative only then please amend the template to suit.

    In each case the feedback should be clear and thorough. It should be clear to the student what the strengths were of the coursework and which aspects could have been improved. The student should be clear as to why they achieved that grade and what they needed to have done to achieve a different grade. The student has to have I:\Staff-Read Only\College Policies\Assessment\Internal Verification policy (2007).doc

    learned from the assignment / coursework. If they do not know what was good or bad about their work they may as well not have done the coursework in the first place. Good feedback is more useful than a grade.

    Has the teacher marking the work addressed skills issues such as spelling, grammar, style, referencing? Has the teacher marking the work indicated on the cover sheet that the outcomes have been met?

After Verification

    Date and sign the IV sheet (Appendix 2) and sign the IV Sample grid on the Assignment / Coursework (Appendix 3)

The teacher marking the work should record in the master grade file that the coursework has been IV’d. The

    subject leader should keep this file. However, sometimes the Verifier or the subject leader will record the grade. It is important that you ensure who is to record the IV process and note on the IV sheet the date when this was done.

    Arrange to discuss with the teacher marking the work any issues that you have raised in your verification. Any contentious issues need to be discussed and, theoretically, if there is no agreement between the teacher marking the work and verifier, the verifier’s view should be final.

Note

    The Subject Leader should have compiled an IV rota for the year (please see Appendix 4) You should ensure that you have a copy of a rota for each of the courses on which you teach. You can then be pro-active in planning ahead your time for verifying, and can chase the tutors if you have not received coursework to verify at the time stated on the rota.

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     Appendix 1

    INTERNAL VERIFICATION (Prior to initial issue to students)

THIS PROCESS ONLY NEEDS TO BE DONE ONCE FOR ANY ASSIGNEMENT/COURSEWORK

    THAT IS USED AGAIN. MERELY STATE IT HAS BEEN IV‟D ON THE

    ASSIGNMENT/COURSEWORK TEMPLATE (appendix 3)

     * Some points on the checklist may be N/A

    Award

    Unit

    Teacher

INTERNAL VERIFIER CHECKLIST Y/N* Comments

Are accurate unit details shown? Y/N*

Are assessment criteria to be addressed Y/N*

    listed?

Does each task show which grading Y/N*

    criteria are being addressed?

Is it clear how the student can generate Y/N*

    evidence to cover the grading criteria?

Are the tasks appropriate? Y/N*

Is there a scenario giving an outline Y/N*

    context

Is the language and presentation Y/N*

    appropriate?

Is the timescale for the assignment Y/N*

    appropriate?

Will the conduct of the assessment be Y/N*

    valid and reliable?

    Overall is the assignment:

     Y/N*

     „FIT FOR PURPOSE ?

Internal Verifier

    Signature Date: * If “No” is recorded and the Internal verifier recommends remedial action before the brief is

    issued, the Assessor/Marker and the Internal verifier should confirm that the action has been

    undertaken

    Confirmation of remedial action

    Assessor/Marker

    Signature Date: Internal Verifier

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     Appendix 2

    INTERNAL VERIFICATION (Before marked assignment is handed back to student)

    Award Teacher

    Unit(s)

Assignment/Coursework

    title:

    Learner‟s name:

    Which criteria has the Pass / C Merit / B Distinction / A

    assessor awarded? *Delete or amend

    Do the criteria awarded Y/N* Details

    match the Grading

    Criteria referenced in

    assignment / brief?

    Has the work been Y/N* Details

    assessed accurately?

    Is the feedback to the Y/N* Details

    learner:

    ; Constructive

    ; Linked to relevant

    grading criteria

    ; Identifies opportunities

    for improved performance

    ; Agrees actions

    Does the grading decision Y/N* Details

    need amending?

    *If “No” is recorded and the Internal verifier recommends amendment of the assessment

    decision, the Teacher and the Internal verifier should confirm that the action has been

    undertaken

    Confirmation of remedial action

    Teacher

     Date:

    Signature

    Internal Verifier

     Date:

    Signature

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    Prepared by

    Date

    IV Approved Prior to

    issue to students Assignment/Coursework Date IV Sampled before marked assignment is

    given back to the

    students. Appendix 3 Date

     Unit Name

     Unit No Assignment/Coursework Portfolio

    Number (if applicable) Ref(if

    appl)

     Assignment/Coursework

    Name:

     Student Name Teacher

     Summary of Learning

    Outcomes

    Hand Out: Hand In: Submitted On:

    Scenario Insert general context of what the assignment or coursework is about.

Specific Tasks related to the marks given for each available grade

    1> Description of Task

    Then state the mark ranges and associated criteria for obtaining an A at A level or a D in Vocational

    Programmes etc. Each possible grade should be covered.

    Tutor feedback- Interim ( if applicable) and Summative

    Grading Criteria Teacher Feedback:

    What you need to do to attain or improve your

    grades and general comments.

Task Tick if

    Achieved 1 Tasks Marked

     2 Tasks missing or still to

     be marked

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     3 Student Action Plan

     (SMART) Targets

    By date:

    Overall Teacher Feedback 4

     Overall / Summative Grade/ Mark Range Awarded: Completed Signed by Teacher: 5

     Signature:

     Date:

    * This mark may change by Internal Verification or Awarding Body judgments

    Students Comments YES NO OTHER COMMENTS

Was enough time allocated?

Were tasks challenging

    Were tasks and requirements clear?

    Student Declaration:

My signature below indicates my confirmation that:

     This is all my own, independent work or that of my group for group work. I understand the

    guidelines regarding plagiarism and have indicated clearly any aspect which is not my own

    using appropriate referencing techniques

     I understand that it is my responsibility to retain a copy of this work until I have received

    final certification for this programme

Student Signature………………………….. Date…………………………………..

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    Appendix 4

Internal Verification Rota for the Year

    Completed by Subject Leader (Internal Verifier)

     Teacher /Marker Teacher/Marker Teacher/Marker

    Assignment/Cwk Assessment/Cwk Assignment/Cwk Assessment/Cwk Assignment/Cwk Assessment (Prior to issue) (Prior to marked (Prior to issue) (Prior to marked (Prior to issue) (Prior to marked

    assignments been handed assignments been assignments been

    back to the student) handed back to the handed back to the

    student) student)

Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:

     Teacher /Marker Teacher /Marker Teacher /Marker

    Assignment/Cwk Assessment/Cwk Assignment/Cwk Assessment/Cwk Assignment/Cwk Assessment/Cwk (Prior to issue) (Prior to marked (Prior to issue) (Prior to marked (Prior to issue) (Prior to marked

    assignments been handed assignments been assignments been

    back to the student) handed back to the handed back to the

    student) student)

Date: Date: Date: Date: Date: Date:

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