Consistency in assessment of ITE programs between and within states and territories
1. Accreditation panel members perceptions confirm the assessment of ITE programs is consistent across panels and states/territories
AITSL will use the annual panel review process to continue to seek feedback on the extent to which panellists perceive that ITE programs are being consistently assessed across panels and state/territories.
2. Standard setting and comparability processes demonstrate a high degree of consistency in decision-making of accreditation panels
Amendments agreed to by the Education Council in June 2018 gave AITSL greater scope to support consistency in decision making, including leading a standard setting process and establishing what it means to meet the accreditation standards. In late 2018, a Standard Setting Advisory Group (SSAG) was established by AITSL to provide independent advice to the organisation on a range of standards-based assessment processes.
A methodology aiming to achieve sound national consistency on what it means to meet the Accreditation Standards was developed by AITSL and agreed to by the SSAG and ITE stakeholders in early 2019.
As part of this methodology, nationally trained panellists and panel chairs, along with jurisdictional executive officers, were brought together for a series of workshops from June 2019 to March 2020. During these workshops, panellists assessed examples of accreditation applications using the Guidelines for the accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia (the Accreditation Guidelines).
The quantitative and qualitative data gathered through these workshops is being analysed to identify areas for improvement in the assessment of ITE accreditation applications, including revisions to the Accreditation Guidelines and accreditation panel training.
When will we know more?
The quantitative and qualitative data from the workshops is being analysed and will be used to developed draft revised Accreditation Guidelines. These revised Accreditation Guidelines are being further reviewed by AITSL and key ITE stakeholders in early 2020, with the revised Accreditation Guidelines due to be finalised in late 2020.