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Obligations associated with the use of a provider code to report results for internal assessment
A2015/024 - 25 Jun 2015

TO:

Principal
Principal's Nominee
All teachers

Obligations associated with the use of a provider code to report results for internal assessment

All results for internal assessment reported to NZQA are received with a provider code attached to them.

In every instance, the provider code identifies, for the particular assessment, the organisation:

  • whose Consent to Assess is being used
  • that undertakes the assessment and awards the grade to the particular student
  • whose appeal procedures, and other assessment procedures are being used
  • that attests that the student work is authentic
  • that is responsible for all aspects of internal moderation
  • that is responsible for ensuring samples of student achievement are adequately stored to meet external moderation requirements and to respond to student appeals
  • that has the responsibility for health and safety, providing adequate facilities, ensuring staff are suitably qualified, ensuring there are adequate teaching and learning resources and support services for students.

For all reported results, the school must ensure that it uses the correct provider code, that is the provider code of the assessor. Where an external provider code is used, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) must be in place.

Employees of schools are able to exercise the school’s grant of Consent to Assess

The school’s grant of Consent to Assess for the particular standard can be lawfully exercised only by individuals who are employed by the consent holder (i.e. the School’s Board of Trustees).

Note: This does not preclude the school from bringing in an outside “expert” to assist with the teaching and the assessment verification process.  The awarding of grades must always rest with the consent holder.

Subcontracting

If the school reports a result with its own provider code but has subcontracted the teaching and/or assessment to an external provider, or person, who does not hold Consent to Assess for the particular standard, an NZQA-approved subcontracting arrangement is required. A circular detailing the process for subcontracting will be published shortly.

Enquiries

Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to your School Relationship Manager.

School Relationship Manager
School Quality Assurance and Liaison
Telephone: 04 463 3000
Email: firstname.lastname@nzqa.govt.nz

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