Qualifications and standards

Review of Assessment of Learning unit standards

Call for unit standard review panelists - closing date 29 August 2016

In September 2016, the NZQA National Qualifications Services will begin the review of 6 Assessment of Learning unit standards (Levels 4-6) currently listed on the Directory of Assessment Standards (DAS). The remaining 2 standards from this domain (11551 and 11552) have already been considered separately in a review of standards for the Adult and Tertiary Teaching qualifications.

A suite of new qualifications was listed in February 2016 as a result of the mandatory review of Teacher Education qualifications. This included two qualifications in assessment, one in Assessment Practice (Level 4) and one in Assessment (Advanced Practitioner) (Level 6). The purpose of this standards review is to ensure:

  • existing standards remain fit for purpose (including development of new standards if needed)
  • there is a suite of unit standards suitable for those who wish to use them as assessment tools in programmes towards the new qualifications.

We invite expressions of interest to be involved in this review either as a member of the review panel, or as a member of our email consultation network.

Review panel

The review panel will meet initially on 26 and 27 September 2016, and will likely need to reconvene for at least one further, two day, face-to-face meeting in November (post national consultation) to continue the standard development and review process. There is also the possibility of several shorter meetings by teleconference or Skype, so access to appropriate equipment will be useful.

The review panel will comprise of people who have:

  • expertise in teaching Assessment of Learning
  • experience in assessment, design and moderation of Assessment of Learning unit standards
  • involvement in Assessment of Learning related projects, reviews and programme implementation
  • commitment to the use of unit standards as assessment tools in programmes
  • commitment to open communication, collaborative problem solving, and team work.

The panel will have balanced representation from across the community and education sector.

Members of the review panel will be paid a sitting fee, and travel and accommodation expenses will be met by NZQA.

Application to be a panel review member can be made by completing an application form (DOCX, 87KB) and sending it to nqs@nzqa.govt.nz by Monday, 29 August 2016.

Email consultation network

The email consultation network will receive updates on progress between meetings and be given opportunity to comment on issues and drafts of the unit standards prior to and post national consultation.

To join the email consultation network please reply to nqs@nzqa.govt.nz and confirm your interest.


Any feedback or interpretation issues with the Assessment of Learning unit standards that might inform the review panel can be forwarded to nqs@nzqa.govt.nz.

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