Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess 2022

2. Definitions

In these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires:

Act means the Education and Training Act 2020.

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 and 2021; and
  3. credit equivalents gained through Credit Inclusion.

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 published in December annually and updated by 31 March the following year, where necessary.

Assessment Standard means a standard listed on the Directory of Assessment Standards.

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 or 2021, credits awarded to that Candidate for the purposes of recognising the disruption to assessment due to the impact of Covid-19. 

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

Common Assessment Activity or CAA is an assessment activity 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.

Instructions to Candidates 2022 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 New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

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 in relation to the standards it is assessing against.

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.

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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