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External Moderation requirements for 2022
A2021/23 - 27 Oct 2021


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External Moderation requirements for 2022

As part of the Review of NCEA Achievement Standards, NZQA is reviewing the external moderation requirements for schools, to ensure they are fit for purpose when new achievement standards are introduced.

Changes to external moderation requirements in 2022:

  • Level 1 Achievement Standards will not be moderated, unless requested by schools.
  • The sample size requirement on moderation plans will be reduced from eight to six samples of student work, per standard.
  • Random selection of student samples will stop.
  • Samples must include:
    • one sample each at N, A, M, E and two more from A, M, E
    • If E is not available, replace with M
    • If no E or M, replace with A
    • If no E, M or A, send a maximum of two Ns only
  • Where schools only have access to a stored random sample then select six pieces that best meet this criteria.


Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to your School Relationship Manager.

School Relationship Manager

School Quality Assurance and Liaison

Telephone: 04 463 3000


Circulars are available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website (


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