Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess 2020

2. Definitions

In these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires:

"Act" means the Education Act 1989.

"Applicable credits" means:

  1. credits recorded on a Candidate Record of Achievement that count towards NCEA and Vocational Pathways;
  2. Candidate learning recognition credits for Candidates who are not Further Affected Candidates; and
  3. Candidate learning recognition credits for Further Affected Candidates.

"Assessment" means collecting and evaluating evidence to establish the level of an individual's performance, whether carried out by external methods (common assessment tasks, examinations and portfolio submissions), internal methods, or a combination of external and internal methods, or any other approved method.

"Assessment Opportunity" refers to an instance where an opportunity is given to a Candidate to be assessed against a standard.

"Assessment Standard" means a standard listed on the Directory.

"Auckland region" means the area within the Auckland Council boundary.

"Candidate" means a student entered for assessment against standards on the Directory of Assessment Standards and/or New Zealand Scholarship.

"Candidate learning recognition credits" means, in relation to a Candidate enrolled in a School in 2020, credits provided to that Candidate for the purposes of recognising the disruption to assessment due to the impact of Covid-19 and which are calculated as one Candidate learning recognition credit at an NCEA level for every 5 credits the Candidate achieves at that level through internal or external assessment, up to the following maximums:

  1. for the award of Level 1 NCEA, no more than 10 Candidate learning recognition credits in total:
  2. for the award of Level 2 NCEA, no more than 8 Candidate learning recognition credits at level 2 NCEA or above, and no more than 2 Candidate learning recognition credits at level 1 NCEA, in total:
  3. for the award of Level 3 NCEA, no more than 8 Candidate learning recognition credits at level 3 NCEA or above, and no more than 2 Candidate learning recognition credits at level 2 NCEA, in total.

"Candidate learning recognition credits for Further Affected Candidates" means, in relation to a Further Affected Candidate enrolled in a School in 2020, credits provided to that Candidate for the purposes of recognising the further disruption to assessment due to the impact of Covid-19 and which are calculated as one Candidate learning recognition credit at an NCEA level for every 4 credits the Candidate achieves at that level through internal or external assessment, up to the following maximums:

  1. for the award of Level 1 NCEA, no more than 16 Candidate learning recognition credits in total:
  2. for the award of Level 2 NCEA, no more than 12 Candidate learning recognition credits at level 2 NCEA or above, and no more than 4 Candidate learning recognition credits at level 1 NCEA, in total:
  3. for the award of Level 3 NCEA, no more than 12 Candidate learning recognition credits at level 3 NCEA or above, and no more than 4 Candidate learning recognition credits at level 2 NCEA, in total.

"Chief Executive" means the Chief Executive of NZQA.

"Common Assessment Task" or "CAT" is an assessment task that is developed by NZQA, for the purpose of Rule 7.1.4.

"Consent to Assess against standards on the Directory of Assessment Standards" or "Consent to Assess" is the consent granted to an institution under section 252 of the Act.

"Credit" in the context of the value of a qualification or training scheme, represents ten notional learning hours for one credit.

"Directory of Assessment Standards" or "Directory" is the Directory provided for in section 248A of the Act consisting of all standards listed by NZQA for use by institutions as standards for the assessment of students.

"Disrupted School"; means a School outside the Auckland region where:

  1. face to face schooling was disrupted for 10 or more school days; and
  2. the School was unable to maintain continuity of teaching and learning.

"Electronic Devices" are devices with the capability to store, communicate, or retrieve information.

"Entry" refers to the information that Schools send to NZQA indicating the standards that a Candidate is being assessed against.

"Examination Centre Manager" or "ECM" means the person responsible for the conduct of the NZQA examinations held at Examination Centres.

"Examination Supervisor" means the person appointed to supervise an external assessment by NZQA examination.

"Exclusions List" means the list of Assessment Standards maintained and published by NZQA which have been identified as having the same learning outcomes.

"Fee Schedule" means the schedule of fees charged by NZQA and published on its website pursuant to section 254 of the Act.

"Further Affected Candidates" means:

  1. Candidates enrolled in a School within the Auckland region:
  2. Candidates enrolled in a Disrupted School who were unable to:
    1. regularly attend their Disrupted School; or
    2. continue their work on required assessment activities:
  3. Candidates enrolled in a School outside the Auckland region:
    1. whose face to face schooling was disrupted for 10 or more school days; and
    2. who were unable to maintain continuity of their learning because they:
      1. were in self isolation consistent with Ministry of Health guidance called COVID-19: Self- isolation, or were in self isolation consistent with a public health order; or
      2. had a relevant medical condition or compromised immunity of a kind described in the Ministry of Health COVID-19: Advice for higher risk people:
  4. Candidates residing at the relevant time within the Auckland region who were enrolled in a School outside the Auckland region and:
    1. were unable to attend the School for 10 or more school days; and
    2. the School was unable to maintain continuity in teaching and learning for them.

"Instructions to Candidates 2020" are instructions issued in October that outline the examination processes, equipment use restrictions, and the examination timetable to be followed by Candidates who are entered in external NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations.

"Key Date" refers to the dates as published in the Key Date Calendar on the NZQA website.

"Learner Login" is the web-based platform that provides students with secure electronic access to send and receive information to and from NZQA. 

"Managing National Assessment" or "MNA" is the review by NZQA of the School's processes or systems for managing assessment for qualifications, including systems for achieving valid, fair, accurate and nationally consistent internal assessment.

"Moderation" provides an assurance that assessment decisions in relation to Assessment Standards are consistent nationally.

"New Zealand Qualifications Framework" or "NZQF" means the framework provided for in section 248 of the Act.

"NZQA" means the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as continued under section 256A of the Act.

"New Zealand Record of Achievement" means an individual student's transcript of standards credited and National or New Zealand qualifications completed, maintained by NZQA.

"Principal's Nominee" means a staff member nominated by the Principal of a School under Rule 4.a.

"Provider Login" is the web-based platform that provides schools with secure electronic access to send and receive information to and from NZQA.

"Publish" means to make available on the NZQA website.

"Qualification" means a qualification listed on the NZQF.

"Responses" refers to all work produced by a Candidate for external assessment by NZQA.

"School" means any relevant School with Consent to Assess within the meaning of section 246 of the Act.

"School days" refers to days that the School is open for instruction.

"Separate accommodation" is a special assessment condition where one or more Candidates are accommodated in separate examination rooms to meet their needs.

"Standard" means a standard listed on the Directory, or a New Zealand Scholarship performance standard.

"University Entrance" means the common educational standard established under section 247 of the Act (or its predecessor section) as a prerequisite for entrance to university for people who have not attained the age of 20 years.

"Verification" means a process of confirming grade judgements in the assessment process.

"Verified languages" means Cook Islands Māori, Indonesian, Korean and Lea Faka-Tonga (being those languages where external assessment is carried out by the School and results are verified by NZQA).

"Vocational Pathway" is a certification, under Rule 8.8, recognising a student's achievement in specific ‘sector-related’ standards.

 
 
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