Rules of Evidence

When judging evidence, assessors must check that evidence is:

• valid
• authentic
• consistent
• sufficient
• current

and in accordance with the specified national standards.

The following questions can guide the assessor.

Valid Is the evidence relevant? Does it relate to the specific outcomes and assessment criteria?
Does the evidence show that the learner/candidate can perform the function?
Is the evidence in a form that will allow accurate judgement to be made of the learner/candidate’s level of competence?
Does it demonstrate real behavioural practice?

Sufficient Have you collected enough evidence?
Does the evidence cover all conditions shown in the range?
Does the evidence show, beyond reasonable doubt, that the required standards have been reached?
Does the evidence show that the learner/candidate can repeat the performance to the level shown?
Evidence for recognition of prior learning:

Authentic Is the evidence the learner/candidate’s own work?
Did the learner/candidate really produce the evidence?
Is the evidence direct or indirect?

Where the evidence is produced as a certificate of attainment, how was the learner/candidate assessed when achieving the level shown?
Currency Is the evidence related to current competence?
How recent is the evidence?

Relevancy
Does it relate to the specific outcomes and assessment criteria?
Does the evidence show that the learner/candidate can perform the function?
Is the evidence in a form that will allow accurate judgement to be made of the learner/candidate’s level of competence?
Does it demonstrate real behavioral practice?

Consistency
Can the evidence produce the same results when assessed by more than one assessor?

Would the same assessment results be achieved if the evidence were judged over a number of occasions?

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