National external moderation guidelines for Tertiary Education Organisations

Overview of national external moderation

National external moderation provides assurance that assessment decisions for assessment standards are consistent nationally.

Every standard on the Directory of Assessment standards is attached to a CMR (Consent and Moderation Requirements). The Moderation Requirements section in the CMR sets out the national external moderation system for the standard.

Tertiary education organisations (TEOs) with consent to assess must engage in the national external moderation system for standards for which they are assessing and reporting credits.

The TEO reporting the results is responsible for the moderation. It does not matter where an organisation sources the assessment material from, or who conducted the assessment.

Moderation requirements for NZQA-managed standards

To meet national external moderation requirements for NZQA-managed standards, TEOs must:

  • provide NZQA with an accurate assessment plan for the year and update it during the year if required
  • meet moderation deadlines
  • provide assessment materials and evidence that assessor judgements are fair, valid and consistent nationally.

Who to contact about assessment and moderation

For all questions and issues to do with assessment and moderation of NZQA-managed standards, please contact Monitoring and Assessment at NZQA.

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