National Moderator's Reports

March 2019

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The following report gives feedback to assist assessors with general issues and trends that have been identified during external moderation of the internal Physical Education standards in 2018.

It does not clarify specific standards but provides further insights from moderation material viewed throughout the year.


Volume of Evidence Produced

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Some students produce an excessive volume of evidence. Students are not required to submit evidence beyond the criteria of the standard. It is appropriate for teachers to guide students to produce succinct evidence in response to the achievement criteria of the standard.

In Physical Education, some students are producing large quantities of evidence which often goes beyond the achievement criteria of the standard – particularly for Levels 2 and 3. A more succinct response is appropriate rather than the student trying to cover too much content. For example, for 91329 students should select the most relevant principles and methods of training rather than explaining all of these.

Excellence at Level 3

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There is some inconsistency in awarding Excellence. When making assessor decisions regarding Excellence, consideration needs to be given to the overall quality of the evidence. This is critical when making a judgement at the Merit/Excellence boundary.

Critical thinking should be evident in student responses at level 8 of the curriculum. This requires students to challenge a range of assumptions rather than just identifying or agreeing with them. For example, for 91504, students could challenge the assumption that the RAMs will improve safety in an outdoor activity. This should be related to the student’s own experience in the outdoors.

Coherent and insightful conclusions/judgements should show a deeper understanding of the concepts being challenged. For example, for 91505, evidence at Excellence is seen where students make clear connections between their own application of contemporary leadership principles and other research, or evidence of the application of these principles, to draw conclusions about their relevance and suitability for physical activity contexts.

Group Work

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Group work is an acceptable form of assessment, if appropriate to the standard. When submitting group work for moderation, the teacher needs to ensure there is evidence that each student has met the standard.

The contribution of each student can be tracked and presented in a variety of ways, such as written record of teacher observation, the division of workload into clearly defined tasks, a student worklog or video diary, recordings of teacher/student conferences, etc.

In Physical Education, there have been no noticeable issues in the collection of evidence for group work in 2018.

Integrated Assessment of Standards

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This refers to assessing multiple standards via one submission of student evidence. The assessment of standards may be integrated either within a subject or across subjects.

For external moderation, if the assessment is across subjects and the student evidence is physical, it can be sent on to the next subject moderator/s if required. If it is an online submission, the student evidence can be uploaded for each standard being moderated.

There has been a small number of integrated assessments seen within the subject of Physical Education, for example Level 2: 91332 and 91335. The intent of each standard should be clear within the student evidence submitted for moderation. Assessors could consider combining standards within Physical Education or across subjects to support students when making connections in the contexts being used.

Examples for combining standards within Physical Education can be found in the ‘Possible Assessment’ section of the level 8 learning programme design and level 6 and 7 snapshots in the Teaching and Learning Guidelines.

Examples for combining standards across subjects can be found in the Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) assessment resources 2.8C (Dance 91207 and Physical Education 91334) and 2.5C (Technology 91856 and Physical Education 91331). These documents can be accessed from the Physical Education subject page on the NZQA website.

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