External moderation

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

NZQA carries out external moderation of internally assessed standards in secondary schools to ensure that assessment judgements (marking of students' work) are at the national standard. Where issues are identified with assessor judgements the assessment materials used (tasks, activities or tests) may be moderated to check that they are at the national standard.

Schools can access the report for each standard, including moderation outcomes, through the External Moderation Application.

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

Using the online External Moderation Application, schools need to submit:

  • a copy of the task and any supporting resources
  • a copy of the assessment schedule
  • up to 8 samples of student work consisting of the key materials that the assessor has used to make an assessment judgement

For more information about the selection methods and moderation requirements:

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