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

5.4 Special Assessment Conditions

Eligibility for Special Assessment Conditions

  1. The following disabilities or disorders are eligible conditions for applications to NZQA for entitlement to special assessment conditions:

    permanent or long-term sensory disability:
    permanent or long-term physical disability:
    permanent or long-term medical disability:
    permanent or long-term specific learning disorder:
    permanent or long-term combinations of such disabilities or disorders.

  2. Entitlement to the following special assessment conditions may be provided:

    Standard conditions
    Reader assistance
    Computer use
    Writer/Typist assistance
    Separate accommodation (isolation or small group, depending upon need)
    Rest breaks
    Extra writing time (only available during time bound internal assessments and external examinations when the Candidate is entered for 3 Achievement Standards or Scholarship within an examination session)
    Enlarged papers (to A3 only)
    Special papers including braille translations and digital pdf
    Signed English support for deaf or Hearing Impaired
    Exceptional conditions
    Signing Supervisor for pre-examination instructions and emergency management
    Assistive technology
  3. Schools submit applications to NZQA on behalf of Candidates with eligible conditions where:
    1. the disability or disorder directly impacts on the Candidate’s access to fair assessment for national qualifications; and
    2. the School has determined that the Candidate is otherwise capable of attaining a national qualification; and
    3. the special assessment conditions applied for reflect the Candidate's normal way of working; and
    4. the Candidate has consented to the application being submitted.

    Evidence Requirements

  4. In making an application to NZQA for entitlement to special assessment conditions on behalf of the Candidate the School must supply either:
    1. appropriate documented evidence derived from School-based testing undertaken during the Candidate’s time at secondary school; or
    2. a report from an appropriately qualified independent registered professional who recommends special assessment conditions to address the Candidate’s specified assessment needs. Any report that predates the Candidate’s time at secondary school may need to be supplemented with additional current evidence.

    Responsibilities of Schools

  5. The Principal’s Nominee must manage submissions from Schools.
  6. The School must hold a copy of the Candidate’s consent to the application being submitted.
  7. The School must make submissions using the prescribed process and within published timelines.
  8. The School must attach the entitlements to specific external standards using the prescribed process and within published timelines.
  9. The special assessment conditions being applied for must allow entitled Candidates to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in assessment, without providing unfair advantage over other Candidates.
  10. Special assessment conditions must not be used for assessment where the integrity of the assessment may be compromised such as:
    1. the assessment conditions compromise the assessment objectives of the standard in question; or
    2. the assessment conditions provide unfair advantage over other Candidates.
  11. The school must ensure that any assessment assistant or examination assistant appointed to assist Candidates’ access to assessment receives appropriate training.
  12. The School must undertake an annual review of the effectiveness of the special assessment conditions approved for a Candidate prior to rolling these entitlements over into the subsequent year.
  13. After considering an application made under paragraph d of this Rule 5.4 NZQA will respond as follows:
    1. approve the application; or
    2. request further information from the Principal’s Nominee; or
    3. advise the Principal's Nominee of the decision to decline the application and the reasons for that decision.
  14. The Reviews and Appeals processes in Section 9 apply to NZQA’s response under paragraph m.iii of this Rule 5.4.
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