Taqa 401 Essay

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Unit 401 - Understanding the principles and practices of internally assuring the quality of assessment Giving credibility to educational institutions programs relies on it having high profile internal quality procedures. By presenting embedded internal quality systems the institution can give confidence to its many partners, leaners, awarding bodies, the community it serves, funding agencies, employers, regulators and inspectorates. This profile demonstrates the institutions commitment to the quality of maintaining and continually improving standards. It provides for an internal standard benchmark for its own staff to share, agree and improve. Through this process it should provide automatic evidence for the rigor of external evaluation of the partners outlined above. “the core principles of good assessment and quality assurance ……… underpinning both effective learning and the demonstration of competence” ( p xiii Foreword Rob Wye – Chief Executive Learning and Skills Improvement Service). Effective internal verification is an on-going process. It allows good practice to be shared, and can help identify problems at an early stage. Internal Quality Assurance upholds the credibility of any assessment or qualification the organisation delivers. IQA ensures quality throughout the learner journey, ensures accuracy and consistency of decisions, manages risk, identifies issues/ trends, supports and develops assessors. The process ensures that the provision at the centre and subject level conforms to approved procedures and that consistency is being achieved within the institution. “Quality is the ‘degree of excellence of something’ Quality assurance is ‘a system of maintaining and improving standards” (p6 Level 3 & 4 Awards & Certificates in Assessment and Quality Assurance Qualification handbook for centres). An important principle of a quality concept is
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