Assessment of standards

Standards specify what a candidate for assessment needs to know, do, and understand. Whether it is by task or evidence, assessment can use a variety of methods and approaches (appropriate to the learner and the context) that give the learner the opportunity to show evidence of achievement/competence.

An assessor must distinguish between what is to be covered in the learning programme and what is to be assessed by the standard. The emphasis in a standard is on what is required to make a valid assessment judgement, rather than what is required to be learned, or how work must be done in detail.

Generic Resources and Guidelines

There are a number of 'generic' resources and guidelines available for those involved in assessment against standards.  Read more »

Assessment Support Material and Resources

Assessment support material and resources are available for a number of learning areas. Read more »

Other resources

Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education – links to references for Literacy for Maori.

Requirements for assessing against standards

Providers and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) must be granted consent to assess standards (accredited) by NZQA before they can offer assessment against standards. Once they have consent to assess, providers and ITOs assessing against standards are required by NZQA to carry out internal moderation and engage with the national external moderation system that applies to those standards.

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Gaining recognition for assessment skills

Assessors wishing to develop their skills should be aware of the following unit standards:

  • 4098 Use standards to assess candidate performance
  • 11551 Moderate assessment
  • 11552 Design assessment
  • 18203 Verify evidence for assessment for candidate.

Many tertiary providers and industry training organisations offer training and/or assessment for these standards.

Quality Assured Assessment Materials

NZQA has established a quality assured assessment materials (QAAM) trademark to ensure the quality of assessment materials used when assessing secondary school students for qualifications.  Read more »

 

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