Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess 2014 (EXPIRED)

Amendment No.1

1. Authority

1.1 These Rules are made under section 253(1)(j) of the Education Act 1989 (the Act).

2. Commencement

2.1 These amendment Rules commence on 1 September 2014.

3. Amendments to the principal Rules

3.1 These Rules amend the Assessment (including Examination) Rules for Schools with Consent to Assess – 2014 (the principal Rules).

4. Rule 5.7 of principal Rules replaced (relating to use of technology and equipment for assessment purposes)

4.1 Replace Rule 5.7 with:

“5.7 Use of Technology and Equipment for Assessment Purposes

  1. For internal assessment candidates may use relevant technology and other equipment so long as the use of that technology or equipment is permitted by:
    1. these Rules; or
    2. the assessment standard under which the assessment is taking place and any conditions of assessment for the standard (available on or through the NZQA website).
  2. For external assessment candidates may use relevant technology and other equipment so long as the use of that technology or equipment is permitted by:
    1. these Rules;
    2. the assessment standard under which the assessment is taking place and any assessment specifications including their supporting documents (available on or through the NZQA website); or
    3. instructions for candidates provided by NZQA to schools for distribution to candidates (and available on the NZQA website).
  3. For written external assessment:
    1. The only calculators that a candidate may use in a 2014 examination are those approved for use in the published NZQA Calculator List 2014:
    2. Prior to a candidate bringing a calculator into the examination room, the candidate must clear any data by resetting the calculator to its default settings:
    3. A candidate must allow an Examination Supervisor or teacher to check any calculator in the possession of the candidate, and to clear its memories to default settings if necessary, prior to the candidate entering the examination room:
    4. Except where paragraph d applies, any other electronic device (being a device with the capability to store, communicate, or retrieve information) that is brought into the examination room by a candidate must be in a sealed transparent emergency evacuation pack, must be clearly visible in that pack, and must be switched off:
    5. A candidate must not access an emergency evacuation pack during an examination without the explicit permission of an Examination Supervisor (for example when evacuated from the examination room due to an emergency):
    6. An Examination Supervisor may remove from candidates any calculators or any other electronic devices (being devices with the capability to store, communicate, or retrieve information) in relation to a candidate not complying with any of the requirements in the above sub-paragraphs c.i to c.v of this Rule 5.7, and hold the calculator or device for the period of time necessary to determine whether or not any failure to follow instructions or dishonest practice has occurred in terms of Rules 7.1.3.b.i or 7.1.3.b.iii (and may pass the calculator or device to a teacher at the candidate’s school for that purpose).
  4. For the purposes of paragraph c.iv, an electronic device may be used:
    1. By candidates entitled to use the device under Rule 5.5 (Special Assessment Conditions):
    2. subject to any conditions for the use of electronic devices set down by NZQA on its website.
  5. A candidate not complying with any of the requirements in paragraphs a or b or c of this Rule 5.7, and any other report of misuse by a candidate of calculators or other electronic devices (being devices with the capability to store, communicate, or retrieve information) during an examination, will be investigated under Rule 7.1.3 (Breaches of the Rules – External Assessment).”

5. Rule 7.1.8 of the principal Rules amended (relating to Return of External Assessment Material)

5.1 In paragraph (a) of Rule 7.1.8 add the words “for examinations other than New Zealand Scholarship examinations” after the word “booklets”.

6. Rule 7.3.6 of the principal Rules replaced (relating to Reporting and Return of Scholarship Material)

6.1. Replace Rule 7.3.6 with:

“7.3.6 New Zealand Scholarship:  Reporting and Return of Assessment Material

  1. Prior to 1 March 2015 NZQA will release results to New Zealand Scholarship candidates.
  2. NZQA will provide to New Zealand Scholarship candidates electronic access to external assessment materials through their Student Login, except for portfolio material which will be physically returned by 15 March 2015 to candidates for whom NZQA holds a valid New Zealand address.
  3. Candidates requiring portfolio material to be returned to an overseas address must apply using the correct NZQA form and the application must be accompanied by the appropriate fees in the Fee Schedule.
  4. Where NZQA is physically returning any external assessment materials to candidates NZQA will exercise all care in processing and returning them, however NZQA is unable to accept any liability to a candidate for the non-delivery or damage of these materials.  NZQA is also unable to accept any liability to a candidate for the non-delivery to NZQA of materials submitted by a candidate for a review or reconsideration.
  5. Where external assessment materials are lost, reviews and reconsiderations are unable to be carried out.
  6. All unclaimed hard copy external assessment materials will be disposed of on or after 30 June 2015.
  7. All electronic copies of external assessment materials will be deleted on or after 30 June 2015 following the assessment and the electronic access for candidates through the student login will no longer be available.
  8. NZQA may alter the dates in this Rule 7.3.6 in extenuating circumstances, and may physically return the external assessment materials referred to in paragraph b where electronic difficulties are encountered.”

Explanatory note

This note is not part of these Rules, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

This amendment to the principal Rules, which commences on 1 September 2014, provides clarification to rules relating to the presence and use of electronic devices in exam rooms, and provides for electronic access to New Zealand Scholarship examination assessment materials.


These Rules are administered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority

 
 
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