SQA Special Assessment Arrangements for Sensory Impaired Pupils
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Feedback & Questions from Group Sessions
Could talks be pre-prepared on the ipad and given instead for someone who is not able to speak?
Augmentative assistive communication may be used if the candidate can meet the assessment standard. You would be looking at all the things assessed within that: in this case talking. It is more than just simply preparing the talk there would have to be a degree of interaction/discussion. If the candidate uses something that would allow that, it may well be acceptable.
Remember the specifications say what is not allowed, everything else is open to individual consideration and SQA will continue as always. When Standard Grade talking was assessed, there was a candidate using technology and delivered the Toast to the Lassies for a Burns Supper. She definitely demonstrated all the criteria for talking, she was a very sophisticated user of her communication device. So it is individual, based on how well a candidate can use the technology. It is not ruled out but it must be talking, it is not a piece of writing being spoken by a machine, you have to meet the criteria for talking.
Added value units are compulsory, as a group we should be looking at these to make sure that the SQA assessment meets the requirements of our candidates.
p> There is flexibility in any of the unit assessments for a centre to devise their own, to modify. For the first couple of years you will have to use the SQA assessment support pack for the Added Value Unit at National 4 - it's about consistency of standards. It would be useful for you to go onto the secure website and have a look at the support packs for the Added Value Units, just to see if there are any particular issues. In special circumstances, they would still be open to something being changed as long as it was prior verified, but the generality of candidates will have to use our own.
There is a deadline for prior-verification of 30th September 2013, so if you need to make substantial modifications they have to be in by then.
The verification deadlines are not something I am au fait with but there will be tight timelines because of the turnaround times. They've got to get verifiers to look at modifications and get them back to you. These timelines will all be on the SQA website under Prior verification.