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Assessment Memo or Memorandum
« on: July 23, 2015, 05:11:23 PM »
Assessment Memo or Memorandum

The new monster on the block, just don't know who the daddy is.


Tried to research the topic, and here is what I found:

-None of these terms appear anywhere on the SAQA website or documentation.
-None of these terms appear on any SETA website or documentation.
-Can't find any of these terms in the two official unit standards used by the ETDP SETA for OBE Programme Design, namely 123401 or 123394.
-Can't seem to find these terms on any of the ETDP SETA's (The primary SETA of the Education Training and Development SETA) programme approval or evaluation documents. This is of course the SETA that is responsible for the unit standard and the design of programmes. Never has this been requested or checked in the past during programme submission or previous verification.
-Assessment Memo or Assessment Memorandum refers to a separate document needed during programme approval. When I checked the SETA's requirements for programme approval or SETA verification they only requested the following documents, namely: a) Matrix/Programme application, b) Learner Guide, c) Workbook/Assessment Guide/ d) Assessment Guide and in some cases the e) Mentors Guide. (No mention of the Assessment Memorandum again)
-Found a similar term on the unit standard 115755 used for "Assessment Design", namely:

The guide includes all support material and/or references to support material, including observations sheets, checklists, possible or required sources of evidence and guidance on expected quality of evidence including exemplars, memoranda or rubrics as applicable.

I then went and look at the definitions of these two terms mentioned:


    a written message in business or diplomacy.
    a note recording something for future use.
    a document recording the terms of a contract or other legal details.


    a heading on a document.
    a set of instructions or rules.


So I guess the Assessment Memo or Assessment Memorandum - terms that is not once used on any SETA or SAQA documents that relates to this process must be this "memoranda or rubrics as applicable'. Pitty, cause there is no resources on the internet or any SETA reference that provide an explanation to this, also would eliminate so much confusion around this topic, especially for new Training Providers.


Some argue that this could form part of the model answers of your Assessment Guide, but why then requesting this separate as a document pack during verification?

Anyway, the way forward..... this is how I would suggest creating this document.

-Create a separate document called the Assessment Memo, cover page that makes reference to your Unit Standard details and maybe make reference that it's a "confidential" document.
-Include your model answers for each activity/assessment activity in this guide - no particular format. You might also want to include the following, depending of the topic/structure of your activities.
   *Support material and/or references that was provided to the learner - that he/she can use as resources. (given to the learner during the induction or during facilitation)
   *Observations sheets - that should be in the Assessment Guide already if used??????
   *Checklists - maybe a checklist to check if the learners response is complete or maybe all the activities was handed in?
   *Possible or required sources of evidence - or of course your model answers, or guidelines how learners was asked or could answer the question.
   *Expected quality of evidence - maybe include the amount of pages, size of response, number of words, how many points will be allocated to this activity?

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