External moderation outcomes

Outcome statements in external moderation reports indicate the level of consistency of assessor decisions and understanding of the standard assessed, and whether assessment materials are suitable for use.

A more detailed explanation of each statement, and any follow up required is detailed below.

Consistency statements:

  • Overall, assessor decisions for the sample of work provided are consistent with the standard.

This means that assessor’s decisions show a clear and accurate understanding of all or most aspects of the standard. Any misunderstandings are minor and can be easily addressed by following the feedback contained in the moderation report.

Moderators will consider assessment decisions consistent with the standard where they agree with all or most of assessor decisions and the decisions are consistent with the criteria of the achievement standard or critical outcomes of the unit standard.

This also indicates that the moderator considers that the assessor decisions are consistent across learners.

  • Overall assessor decisions for the sample of work provided are not yet consistent with the standard.

This means that assessor’s decisions show clear and accurate understanding of some of the aspects of the standard. The assessor should be able to adequately address any identified misunderstandings by following the feedback contained in the moderation report and using clarification documents, exemplars or professional learning opportunities.

Moderators will consider assessment decisions not yet consistent with the standard where they agree with some of the assessor decisions. The decisions are mostly consistent with the criteria of the achievement standard or critical outcomes of the unit standard.

This may also indicate that the moderator considers that the assessor has not always recognised the requirements of certain grades in relation to others or is not always consistent with their assessment decisions across learners.

  • Overall, assessor decisions for the sample of work provided are not consistent with the standard.

This means that the assessor does not clearly and accurately understand the standard. The issues identified are significant and require intervention, which includes professional learning, to improve the assessor’s understanding before they assess the standard again.

Moderators will consider assessment decisions not consistent with the standard if they do not agree with most or any assessor decisions and the decisions are not consistent with the criteria of the achievement standard or critical outcomes of the unit standard.

The moderator may have also noted that the assessor’s decisions are not consistent across learners.

Assessment material statements:

  • This report relates to learner evidence and associated assessment decisions only.

This means that the assessment materials were not moderated. This is because there are no issues with the assessor judgements that are linked to the assessment materials.

  • The assessment materials meet the national standard.

This means that the only issues identified in the assessment material are very minor. Any comments in the report are phrased as recommendations.

The material covers the outcomes of the standard and the explanatory notes have been addressed. Range statement requirements and evidence requirements have also been appropriately covered.

  • The assessment materials require modification.

This means that the assessment materials require revision or some specific redevelopment. The issues identified are ones that can easily be addressed by following the feedback in the moderation report.

The critical outcomes are covered and the explanatory notes have been addressed. There are only minor omissions in the assessment materials or schedule (evidence, judgement statements or model answers), and/or incomplete coverage of the range statement or evidence requirements.

  • The assessment materials do not meet the national standard.

This means that the materials require complete redevelopment before the assessment can be used again.  The issues are widespread within the materials. While only the most critical examples will be noted in the moderation report, a full check of the materials against the standard needs to occur as part of any review.

A significant number of outcomes and/or explanatory notes have not been addressed. There may be serious omissions in the assessment materials, schedule, and/or a significant number of the range statements or evidence requirements have not been covered.

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