Design and Visual Communication (Graphics) - moderator's newsletter

February 2017

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Updates to Level 3 Achievement Standards

The Ministry of Education published updated versions for most of the Achievement Standards at all levels in Technology in November, 2016. The changes appear to be limited to a new planned review date of 31 December 2018, Explanatory Note 1 now including a reference to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and an update to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Assessors are advised to check the revised standards relating to their programmes against the previous versions. Both the new and the previous versions appear together on the relevant NZQA subject pages.

Updated Clarifications

Some of the Technology, Digital Technologies and Design and Visual Communications  clarifications have been updated. See our face book pages.

Revised standards for Digital Technology

91080 Demonstrate understanding of the common components of basic digital infrastructures and 91081 Implement basic procedures for servicing a personal computer system have had changes to Explanatory Note 3 to make the standards more achievable and to recognise the changes in current computer technology. 

91637 Develop a complex computer program for a specified task has been updated to clarify the requirements for the uses of classes. Students can use code generated by an IDE for the graphical user interface. Further clarification is available in the Conditions of Assessment.

Changes to computing unit standards

The suite of Unit Standards for assessing against the new computing qualifications will be released on February 14. Many of the unit standards replace older standards entirely and some of the existing standards have been reviewed, and/or rolled over, and will have new version numbers.

Assessors should carefully check both the expiry date of standards in the table at the bottom of the standard and compare the old version’s evidence requirements with the latest version for any changes. Assessments may need to be updated to meet the requirements of the new standards.

Assessors wishing to assess against the new standards will need to check that their school or institution has consent to assess for those standards.

Moderator Newsletters

Moderator Newsletters will now be published in Term One and Term Three of the school year. Any urgent information related to assessment and moderation will continue to be conveyed by Circulars and through the Principal’s Nominee Emails.

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