Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess 2019

6.5 External Moderation

  1. External moderation for internally assessed standards listed on the Directory is a process by which NZQA can provide an assurance that assessment decisions in relation to Assessment Standards are consistent nationally.
  2. NZQA will annually select internally assessed Assessment Standards from across curriculum areas to form the School’s moderation plan. Some of these standards may be randomly selected for a National Systems Check to calculate a national teacher/moderator agreement rate, at each NCEA Level.
  3. Each School must submit assessment material to NZQA prior to their moderation submission date for the selected Assessment Standards, which will include samples of students’ work selected according to the school’s random selection process. Schools are required to ensure that teachers have no opportunity to re-mark the sample of student work after it has been selected.
  4. All samples submitted must clearly distinguish each student’s work, be easy to read, and account for any privacy issues (for example known protection orders or by using a unique identifier in a way that is permissible under Principle 12 of the Information Privacy Principles of the Privacy Act 1993).  
  5. NZQA will carry out external moderation and will provide information to the School, summarising the results.
  6. Schools must address issues that are identified in the external moderation process, including the use of invalid tasks and lack of agreement by the moderator with assessor judgements.
  7. Teachers, through the Principal’s Nominee, may appeal to NZQA any content of the external moderator’s report.
  8. Where external moderation identifies authenticity issues at a School, NZQA will advise the Principal’s Nominee and in the first instance the School is required to investigate a possible Breach of the Rules - Internal Assessment.
  9. NZQA will exercise all care in processing assessment material submitted to it for external moderation and in returning them to Schools.  NZQA is unable to accept any liability however for the non-delivery of, or damage to, these materials.
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