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National external moderation manual for Tertiary Education Organisations
- General information
- National external moderation process flow
- Assessment Plan
- Moderation Plan
- Submitting assessment materials for moderation
- Moderation Report
- National external moderation results
- Moderation clarifications and appeals
- National External Moderation Requirements
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Section Four: Moderation Report
The moderation report describes the outcomes of the moderation. The moderator completes the moderation report and sends a copy to the TEO and NZQA. The expected turnaround time is three weeks from the moderation submission date, except for November submission dates when the turnaround time may be longer. If you have not received a moderation report within six weeks of your submission date, please contact Tertiary Assessment and Moderation.
Moderation results for most field Māori standards are confirmed at kāhui. The turnaround time for materials moderated at kāhui may be eight to ten weeks, depending on the submission date. If you have not received a moderation report within twelve weeks of your submission date to a kāhui, please contact TAM.
The front cover of the moderation report provides an overall summary of findings. It contains the following sections:
- Overview: This gives a summary of moderation findings in relation to the standard including where there are any issues of concern. It will refer to the assessment materials and assessor judgements.
- Commentary (optional): This section is completed when the moderator can give some specific feedback to assist the assessor that is not directly related to the moderation result.
- Next Steps: This section is included in all reports for schools and TEOs. There is a different statement for schools and TEOs.
Explanation of results
The Moderation Results section of the moderation report focuses on the overall moderation results.
Overall decision about assessor judgements
The number in the first box indicates the number of assessor judgements about learner samples with which the moderator has agreed.
The number in the second box indicates the number of learner samples submitted for national external moderation.
In the moderation report for Literacy or Numeracy unit standards, there will be no reference to or moderation result for assessment materials, as these standards are assessed on the basis of naturally occurring evidence. Thus, the overall moderation decision will only refer to the number of assessor judgements about learner samples the moderator has verified.
Figure 2: Moderation results in Literacy and Numeracy moderation report (view larger version (GIF, 6.8KB))
A 0/0 moderation result for assessor judgements may be given when:
- no learner work was submitted
- no assessor judgements/results are evident on the moderation coversheet, and your organisation has been unable to provide further clarification to TAM
- the assessor decisions could not be verified (for example, because the learner evidence is illegible or unviewable, or because insufficient evidence of learner performance has been submitted to enable the moderator to ascertain the basis of the assessor’s judgement).
Overall decisions about assessment materials
Assessment materials meet the national standard when:
- the assessment materials provide the learner an opportunity to meet the requirements of the standard
- the assessment schedule allows the assessor to make fair, valid and consistent decisions about the learner performance
- special notes/explanatory notes have been considered and all elements/outcomes have been assessed
- range statements have been appropriately covered and the performance criteria/evidence requirements have been fully considered.
Common reasons for assessment materials requiring modification include:
- Omissions or required changes in the assessment materials are not major.
- Omissions or required changes in the assessment schedules are not major. For example, evidence statements need more specific information to ensure consistency of assessor judgements.
- Learner responses/evidence statements/model answers are referred to in the assessment schedule but are not provided for moderation.
Common reasons for assessment materials not meeting the national standard include:
- Special notes/explanatory notes and/or elements/outcomes of the standard are not covered.
- A significant number of range statements and/or performance criteria/evidence requirements have not been covered.
- Overall, assessment materials require significant redevelopment. There are serious omissions in the assessment materials and/or schedule.
Follow-up on results
If the moderator has ticked “The assessment materials meet the national standard”:
- your organisation should address minor issues or consider areas for improvement that the moderator may have provided comments on.
If the moderator has ticked “The assessment materials require modification”:
- the assessment materials must be modified before they are used again
- the moderation report will indicate changes required for the assessment materials to meet the national standard, or specify where the materials do not meet the standard
- the standard may be chosen again for moderation as a resubmission in the same year, or in the following year
- please do not resubmit the materials once you have modified them unless you are asked to by TAM (you will be informed of this in the letter accompanying your National External Moderation Results report – refer to Section Five of this manual).
If the moderator has ticked “The assessment materials do not meet the national standard”:
- the assessment materials must be significantly altered before they can be used again
- the moderation report will indicate changes required for the assessment material to meet the national standard
- NZQA will notify your organisation of what further action will be required for this assessment in a letter that will be sent with the National External Moderation Results report (see Section Five).
This section of the moderation report provides details of moderation of assessment activities and conditions and the assessment schedule.
Figure 3: Assessment materials section (view larger version (GIF, 31KB))
The moderation reports for Literacy and Numeracy unit standards do not contain a section about the assessment materials, or any results for the assessment materials (A, M and X). This is because these unit standards must be assessed on the basis of naturally occurring evidence, and setting assessment activities for the purposes of assessing these standards is inappropriate.
This section of the moderation report provides details of moderation of assessed learner work.
Both the assessor judgements of the learner evidence (as noted on the Tertiary moderation cover sheet) and the moderator decisions about the assessor judgements are recorded in the table.
In the example below, the moderator agreed with the assessor decisions for one out of three samples (learner 2) and has disagreed with the decision for learner 1 and learner 3. This information is transferred to the Moderation Results section of the moderation report.
Figure 4: Assessed work section of the moderation report (view larger version (GIF, 16KB))
What to do when you receive the moderation report
Ensure all relevant people in your organisation get a copy of the moderation report. If the moderation report indicates that the assessment materials require modification or do not meet the national standard, modify the assessment material as indicated in the moderation report, before the assessment materials are used again.
We also recommend that the feedback in all NZQA moderation reports is used to inform assessment practice within your organisation as well as your organisation’s assessment design and internal pre- and post-assessment moderation processes.
The National External Moderation Results report and accompanying letter from TAM will indicate any further action required for national external moderation (for example, a resubmission and/or an action plan).
For questions or concerns about the results or comments contained in a moderation report, please have your organisation’s moderation liaison contact Tertiary Assessment and Moderation. Do not contact the moderator directly. Refer also to Section Six.
Assessment Materials Not Received (AMNR) report
TEOs are expected to submit assessment material, including assessed learner samples, by the submission date stated on the moderation plan.
If your organisation does not submit materials for moderation, an AMNR report will be issued. This result is considered a non-compliance with national external moderation requirements. The AMNR is not a reminder to send materials for moderation.
If your organisation is unable to submit assessment materials or learner samples, contact TAM before your organisation’s submission date to discuss revising your organisation’s moderation plan.
If your organisation receives an AMNR report, do not then send assessment materials to the moderator. The letter accompanying the National External Moderation Results report (refer to Section Five) will advise you what further actions are required.
If your organisation did send the assessment materials to the moderator and still received an AMNR report, please contact Tertiary Assessment and Moderation.