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    NOVEMBER 2009

    Christine Collins DHT

  • SQA INTERNAL VERIFICATION All SQA centres are responsible for the internal verification of their assessments. This means that centres should have an internal verification system- a system of having quality checks in place that are operated throughout the centre. Each member of staff who is responsible for the assessment of candidates and/or the internal verification of candidate material should comply with the procedures.

    The internal verification system ensures that the centres assessments of internally assessed qualifications are valid and reliable and the centre : a) ensures that the chosen assessment instruments and assessment guidelines are valid and applied consistently by all assessors for the same qualification across all candidates b) demonstrates that arrangements are effective for the safe storage of internal assessment materials c) ensures that access to assessment materials is effectively managed d) ensures that the final assessment decisions made by assessors are accurate, reliable and recorded e) takes steps to minimise the risk of plagiarism f) ensures that assessment evidence is the candidates own work g) monitors the effectiveness of the assessment and internal verification system and implements any necessary changes h) implements any changes made necessary by changes to SQA

    The internal verification process:

    Step-by-step and in terms of who does what, the process of assessment and internal verification may look like this: 1 The assessors decide how they are going to assess the candidates. For example, if candidates are required to

    demonstrate competence in a practical skill, then a practical exercise would be designed.

    2 Internal verifier confirms that the assessments are valid and that the assessment specification and marking schedule are appropriate. This could be done by discussion at internal verification meetings and recorded in minutes.

    3 Assessment is carried out using internally verified materials which the internal verifier has checked. 4 The assessors evaluate the candidates evidence to ensure that it meets requirements of the qualification. Agreed

    marking schedules should be used. 5 The internal verifier confirms that assessors are marking consistently, applying the standards defined for the

    Unit. He or she usually does this by sampling the work of the assessor. 6 Assessment records, materials and evidence are retained in line with SQA requirements.

  • SQA documents relating to Internal Verification/ Moderation, Assessment and Appeals have been downloaded onto the I Drive but the condensed points in APPENDIX 2,3,4 and 5 should be adhered to for students to have the best chance of success:

    References on I drive

    Estimates, Absentees and Assessment Appeals (February 2009) Guide to Internal Moderation for SQA Centres (2001) Standard Grade Advice on generation of evidence for assessable Elements assessed by

    Question Papers Unit assessment and Course assessment :General principles SQAs Quality Framework: a guide for centres (March 2006) Quality Assurance Principles, Elements and Criteria (2008) Introduction to Assessment Arrangements (2008)



    There must be evidence of internal verification to ensure that estimates are accurate, as part of the external verification process and as evidence for appeal. It is vital that internal verification procedures are consistent across the whole school and the following procedure should be adopted. 1) The PT/subject leader should instigate an internal verification programme for the department

    2) Assessment tools and prelim papers should be scrutinised to ensure they meet SQA standards and are reliable, valid and secure

    Prelim papers produced from SQA past papers or commercially produced papers that are not of the current year should be made up from a minimum of three papers. The sources of questions should be mixed so that consecutive questions are not from the same paper. The source of each individual question should be identified and recorded (see Appendix3)

    To be valid, the prelim paper must replicate the SQA exam paper

    Any NAB that is not a secure SQA NAB needs prior verification by the SQA before use.

    (Generally NABs are not suitable evidence for appeals. The verifier should check the subject specific documentation)

    3) Pupil work should be sampled regularly using a valid sample of 5 pupils per class for groups of 33 and 3 pupils for classes of 20 or less

    The verified pieces of work should be signed by both assessor and verifier 4) The generic school checklists and forms provided in APPENDIX 1 should be used and retained as evidence for external verification and appeals 5)A generic Verification Meeting Form comprising of three sections; before, during and after delivery should be completed and included with external verification and appeal evidence 6) All evidence should be retained securely until the October following the pupil leaving school

  • The responsibilities within the centre are as follows:

    SQA Co-ordinator Centre Contact develops and implements improvements to quality assurance systems liaises with SQA arranges for the training of internal verifiers and assessors co-ordinates the operation of the internal verification system arranges for the induction of candidates co-ordinates external verification activity on behalf of the centre co-ordinates appeals

    Internal Verifier/ PT or nominated representative operates systems to standardise assessment and ensure that the work of all

    assessors is sampled over a defined period monitors consistency of assessment records supports assessors by offering guidance and advice particularly in the case of

    new or inexperienced assessors. The work of these assessors should be sampled more often

    prepares a plan for internal verification decides on the methodology/ mechanisms to be used samples assessment materials using school policy liaises with external verifiers and SQA co-ordinator co-ordinates meetings of assessors produces records of internal verification for external verification and as

    evidence for appeals Internal verifiers should also keep records of their activities.

    Assessor/ Teacher contributes to the design and review of assessment materials plans the assessment process with the PT and candidate assess evidence against the SQA standards and makes judgements completes the assessment records liaises with other assessors and the internal verifier participates in internal and external verification

  • Records of the internal verifiers activities will include: Internal verification schedule

    a list of the Units for which the assessors have responsibility a list of the assessors with whom the internal verifier liaises

    Records relating to the design of assessment

    record of comments made about the assessments the source of each individual question used

    Records relating to the delivery of assessment

    notes of meetings with assessors confirmation that assessment complies with the Unit standards

    Records relating to the review of the assessment

    feedback from the external verifier, assessors and candidates changes made to the assessments in the light of feedback

    Possible Methodology/Mechanisms for internal verification The PT/ subject leader is responsible for working with his/ her department to ensure that a variety of methodology is on hand to ensure the verification can take place smoothly. In terms of the actual mechanisms used for internal verification, there are many options. These may include: checklists: these are particularly useful when relying on observation or conducting interviews or role plays model solutions and suggested answers: for use when any assessment has been carried out discussions about assessment: it may be necessary to discuss levels of performance for particular candidates cross-assessing/ block marking: it is sometimes useful for assessors to agree standards by marking each others

    work bank of material: assessments which have already been agreed



    a) Internal Verification Checklist b) Internal Verification Sample Form c) Internal Verification Feedback Form d) Internal Verification Meeting Form


    Estimates APPENDIX 3

    Prelims APPENDIX 4

    Using evidence generated by NABs APPENDIX 5

    Principles of Assessment



    Standard Grade Intermediate 1 Intermediate 2 Higher


    Advanced Higher


    CHECKLIST () DATE Do you have the following: Unit Specification Instrument of Assessment Marking Scheme Cut Off Scores Source of Each Question Identified Class List Candidate Evidence If any of the above items not () give reason why When the process is complete, have you sent a copy of the Internal Verification Feedback form to relevant staff?

    Yes No

    Have you confirmed arrangements for follow-up action and agreed dates with staff?




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