The government seriously has a lot to answer for with the new National Quailty Framework.
To have one area as exceeding is a great pin in their hat.
As a Centre Director I have heard of some assessors who will not give out anything more then a working towards rating due to the fact that everyone is new to the process.
Have a look at the National Quality Standards and the process on the government website ACECQA.
A working towards rating does not mean they have failed. It means they have satisfactory meet the criteria but are still working towards a higher rating.
A fail would mean they had recieved a Significant Improvement Required rating for 1 or more areas.
The ratings are really confusing. Also there is no average rating. You can recieve 6 meeting and 1 working towards and have working towards as your overall rating as it is based on your lowest rating.
The other pat of the new process is that based on this rating it will determine when they are assessed next, With a working towards rating they will be assessed again in the next 12 months. With a meeting rating it would be every 2 years, then exceeding every 3 years.
Don't forget this is a new process that all centres and preschools are now going through, no one is expected to recieve exceeding on their first turn. http://acecqa.gov.au/faqs/assessment-and-ratings/http://acecqa.gov.au/national-quality-fram...nt-and-ratings/
Any questions let me know