Digital Assessment: Procuring for digital assessment outcomes

Procuring for digital assessment outcomes

New Zealand schools are increasingly using digitally enabled pedagogy, and NZQA appreciates that NCEA assessments need to reflect these evolving practices.  NZQA has a goal to have NCEA examinations (where appropriate) available online by 2020. 

NZQA is undertaking an outcomes-based procurement for digital assessment.  We are taking that approach as it provides us with the best opportunity to form a strategic partnership to move us from paper-based delivery of NCEA external assessments (examinations) to digital service delivery. This approach also ensures we remain focused on our goal of ensuring that learners Qualify for the Future World.

Central to our approach will be ensuring that NCEA examinations continue to be fair, valid and robust. NZQA will always retain ownership of the NCEA assessment.  We will focus on how assessment needs to evolve to support digitally enabled pedagogy.

What progress has been made?

The Digital Assessment Transformation, Procuring for Digital Assessment Outcomes project has made significant progress over the past month.

As a first step, an Advance Notice of a market dialogue was released on 22 June 2016. This notice provided suppliers with an initial overview of our procurement objectives, and an opportunity for suppliers, both local and international, to register their interest to attend an NZQA-led supplier briefing, which was held on 7 July 2016.

The briefing was well attended and all questions and answers were captured digitally. The Early Market Engagement Brief and the briefing presentation (including all questions and answers) were uploaded to GETS on 8 July 2016 for all suppliers to access, including suppliers who could not attend the briefing.

You can view the pre-recorded briefing video below, and will find our Procuring for Digital Assessment Outcomes invitation to participate in competitive dialogue information here.

Suppliers have until 30 August 2016 to respond to the market dialogue notice. The response evaluations period will then commence and will conclude in the first week of October 2016.

You can view the slides that accompanied the presentation here. (PDF, 3.2MB)

Page last updated 18 July 2016

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