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Transforming Assessment Praxis (TAP) is a scheduled nine-week online programme, aimed at modifying existing resources to better meet the needs of learners, and exploring diverse and valid ways of collecting evidence. It requires a time commitment of approximately 90 minutes each week. The intention of this programme is to effect a change of assessment practice. The programme is designed to use the self-reflection and discussion of participants as an important catalyst for change. The programme features online meetings, videos and professional readings, and encourages feedback from colleagues via formal and informal collaboration. The content is geared towards practical, research-based, tried-and-tested strategies, ideas, and resources. The length/format of this programme allows for participants to learn and then trial assessment strategies that they can easily implement.

Aims: to recontextualise assessment resources to better meet the needs of students, and explore different ways of collecting student evidence

  • To look at ways to change existing resources to better meet the needs of your learners.
  • To provide strategies to enable you to create a variety of new assessment resources.
  • To explore diverse and valid methods of collecting assessment evidence to meet the varied needs of learners.

You will work collaboratively with other assessors learning how to write resources that cater to the needs of your own learners. By the end of the workshop you will have your own assessment resource.

This programme was piloted during 2015 with a number of participants from all over New Zealand (including one from the Cook Islands).

Comments made about Transforming Assessment Praxis (TAP) Programme

"Helped to review my own knowledge and great to share ideas"

"Having time to challenge my thinking in assessment"

"Web meetings were great, being able to listen and take part in a range of activities with other teachers from all over"

"Sharing ideas with colleagues and doing a cross curricular assessment that will hopefully cover three different subjects"

"The conference and web conference was really great, again it was great to talk to teachers from other subject areas. Lots of exciting new ideas and learning came from this. It gave reassurance that i am on the right track as well as renewed enthusiasm to try new things"

Programme cost

The programme costs $120+GST.

Attendance fees and payment 

Your school or organisation will be invoiced at the end of the month that the programme is completed.

Substitution and Cancellation Policies 

  1. Once the final registration form has been submitted, the registration fee is due and payable and there will be no waiver of the registration fee for non-attendance.
  2. In the event that the registered person becomes unable to attend the programme, then NZQA will accept a substitute person up until five working days before the scheduled date of the programme. Any substitute requests should be sent to
  3. NZQA expressly retains the right to cancel, modify, or reschedule the programme due to any occurrence or cause including but not limited to events beyond NZQA’s direct control ("a force majeure event").
  4. Should any event occur that requires a workshop to be changed every reasonable effort will be made to contact those who have registered as soon as possible to advise on whether the programme will proceed or on what revised basis it will proceed. Queries in this regard should be made to NZQA on (04) 463-3245.

2018 TAP Programme Schedule and registration info

There are two TAP Programmes scheduled for next year. The dates that they are scheduled to run are:

TAP 1: 7 May – 6 July

TAP 2: 30 July - 28 September

To register for these programmes, please go to If you have any questions, please contact

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