Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess 2021

2. Definitions

In these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires:

Act means the Education and Training Act 2020.

Affected Candidates means Group 1 Candidates, Group 2 Candidates, Group 3 Candidates, Group 4 Candidates, Group 5 Candidates and Group 6 Candidates.

Applicable credits means:

  1. credits recorded on a Candidate's Record of Achievement that count towards NCEA and Vocational Pathways;
  2. Candidate learning recognition credits awarded in 2020 under the Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess 2020, and which remain available for use in 2021;
  3. Candidate learning recognition credits awarded in 2021; and
  4. credit equivalents gained through Credit Inclusion under Rule 8.10.

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

Assessment Specifications are the assessment parameters for each externally assessed standard. They are updated by 31 March annually.

Assessment Standard means a standard listed on the Directory.

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 an Affected Candidate, credits provided to that Candidate for 2021 calculated in accordance with Table 1 of the Schedule to these Rules and, for a Group 5 Candidate or Group 6 Candidate, who have had an application approved by NZQA under paragraph (d) of the definition of Group 5 Candidates and paragraph (c) of the definition of Group 6 Candidates. 

Common Assessment Task or CAT is an assessment task that is developed by NZQA and administered by the school.

Consent to Assess against standards on the Directory of Assessment Standards or Consent to Assess is the consent granted to an institution under section 449 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 437 of the Act consisting of all standards listed by NZQA for use by institutions as standards for the assessment of students.

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 457 of the Act.

Group 1 Candidates means Candidates enrolled in a School in 2021 within the Tāmaki Makarau region.

Group 2 Candidates means Candidates residing outside the Tāmaki Makarau region who were enrolled in a School in 2021 and in respect of whom:

  1. face to face schooling was disrupted by Alert Level 3 and 4 lockdowns in 2021 for at least 16 school days; and
  2. the School was unable to maintain continuity of teaching and learning over the periods of disruption.

Group 3 Candidates means Candidates residing outside the Tāmaki Makarau region who were enrolled in a School in 2021 and in respect of whom:

  1. face to face schooling was disrupted by Alert Level 3 and 4 lockdowns in 2021 for at least 20 or more school days; and 
  2. the School was unable to maintain continuity of teaching and learning over the periods of disruption.

Group 4 Candidates means Candidates residing outside the Tāmaki Makarau region who were enrolled in a School in 2021 and in respect of whom:

  1. face to face schooling was disrupted by Alert Level 3 and 4 lockdowns in 2021 for at least 16 school days in Term 3; and
  2. there was a further disruption of four or more school days in 2021 due to either or both of School building closures or natural disasters which were acknowledged by the Ministry of Education on its Situation Reports in respect of School closures or School building closures; and
  3. the School was unable to maintain continuity of teaching and learning over the periods of disruption; and
  4. the School applied to NZQA on the Candidate's behalf for recognition of the matters in paragraphs (a) to (c) and NZQA approved that application.

Group 5 Candidates means Candidates residing outside the Tāmaki Makarau region who were enrolled in a School in 2021 and in respect of whom:

  1. face to face schooling was disrupted by Alert Level 3 and 4 lockdowns in 2021 for at least 16 school days; and
  2. the School was unable to maintain continuity of teaching and learning over the periods of disruption; and
  3. the Candidate was not physically attending the School during lockdown Alert Level 2 due to having an underlying medical condition making the Candidate at risk of severe illness from Covid-19; and
  4. the School applied to NZQA on the Candidate's behalf for recognition of the matters in paragraphs (a) to (c) and NZQA approved that application in respect of either Option A or Option B in Table 1 for that Candidate.

Group 6 Candidates means Candidates residing within the Tāmaki Makarau region who were enrolled in a School in 2021 outside the Tāmaki Makarau region and in respect of whom:

  1. face to face schooling was disrupted by Alert Level 3 and 4 lockdowns in 2021 for at least 16 school days; and
  2. the School was unable to maintain continuity of teaching and learning over the periods of disruption; and
  3. the School applied to NZQA on the Candidate's behalf for recognition of the matters in paragraphs (a) and (b) and NZQA approved that application in respect of either Option A or Option B in Table 1 for that Candidate.

Instructions to Candidates 2021 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 436 of the Act.

NZQA means the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as continued under section 430 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 to maintain and monitor quality assurance practices within the school.

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 as defined in section 10 of the Act which has Consent to Assess.

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.

Tāmaki Makarau region means Auckland Alert Level 3 and 4 area specified on the Unite Against Covid-19 website.

Transitional ITO has the same meaning as in clause 42(1) of Schedule 1 of the Act.

University Entrance means the common educational standard established under section 434 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.

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

WDC means a Workforce Development Council as defined in section 10 of the Act.

 
 
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