External moderation

National external moderation provides an assurance that assessment decisions, in relation to assessment standards, are consistent nationally.

NZQA carries out external school check moderation of internally assessed standards in secondary schools to ensure that:

  • assessment judgements (marking of students' work) are at the national standard
  • the assessment materials used (tasks, activities or tests) are at the national standard.

Each school has an annual submission date for the external school check moderation. The submission date is confirmed early in the new year when schools are advised which standards have been selected for moderation.

Schools need to submit:

For more information about the selection methods and moderation:

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