NZQA publishes Aromatawai and the Principles of Assessment

11 Aug 2022

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has today released Aromatawai and the Principles of Assessment (PDF, 5.3MB), a publication designed to support schools and tertiary providers in developing quality assessment and aromatawai practices.

The publication also aims to strengthen a sector wide understanding of aromatawai, a teaching, learning and assessment approach underpinned by mātauranga Māori.

“High quality assessment supports qualifications which are credible, reliable and valuable for students, employers and communities, whether here in Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas,” says NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Assessment, Andrea Gray.

Aromatawai and the Principles of Assessment aligns the kaupapa at the heart of Te Hono o Te Kahurangi – a framework used by NZQA to carry out the quality assurance of mātauranga Māori – with five principles for assessment:

  • Valid | Pono
  • Reliable | Haepapa
  • Informative | Mārama
  • Equitable | Tika
  • Authentic | Tūturu

“Schools and tertiary providers are encouraged to consider these principles, and the overarching kaupapa, when designing assessment,” Ms Gray says.

Aromatawai and the Principles of Assessment can be downloaded from the NZQA website (PDF, 5.3MB), and over the coming months NZQA will develop guidance and resources to help support assessors.

More information about Te Hono o Te Kahurangi is available on the NZQA website.

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