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External moderation of Psychology achievement standards
A2017/02 - 02 Feb 2017

To:

Principal
Principal’s Nominee
All teachers

External moderation of Psychology achievement standards

The Level 1 and 2 achievement standards for Psychology have been registered with NZQA and are now available for schools to assess. The implementation plan for external moderation of these standards is detailed below.

Level 1 and Level 2 achievement standards

In 2017, schools may choose to assess their students against the Level 1 and Level 2 standards. Selection of these standards by NZQA for external moderation is from 2019.

This year schools may submit their materials and/or assessor decisions to NZQA for feedback purposes only. If your school would like to receive feedback on assessment materials and/or assessor decisions this year, please complete the attached template (XLS, 22KB) and email it to ams@nzqa.govt.nz.

In 2018, schools may continue to provide material for feedback purposes only or request formal external moderation of the Level 1 and Level 2 standards. They will need to arrange this with their School Relationship Manager.

Level 3 achievement standards

The Level 3 achievement standards for Psychology will be available in 2018 and schools may choose to assess their students against these. Selection of these Level 3 standards by NZQA for external moderation will not occur until 2020. In 2018 and 2019, schools may submit their materials to NZQA for feedback purposes only. Schools may also request external moderation of the Level 3 standards in 2019. Again they will need to arrange this with their School Relationship Manager.

Enquiries

Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to:

Mary Jane Parker
Acting Team Leader
Assessment and Moderation Services
Telephone: 09 583 2868
Email: Maryjane.parker@nzqa.govt.nz

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