Myth # 7: Selection of work for external moderation

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Myths

  • The samples randomly selected for external moderation must be verified as part of the internal moderation process.

  • NZQA requires all internally assessed work to be stored for three years.

  • All work from the previous year must be kept in case it is required for external moderation.

  • NZQA requires hard copies of student evidence.

Facts

  • The external moderation random sample is selected once internal moderation is complete.
  • NZQA requires a random sample for external moderation comprising:
    • eight pieces of student work for standards for which more than one passing grade is available (i.e. Achieved, Merit or Excellence)
    • four pieces of student work for standards for which the only grade is Achieved.
  • For external moderation, schools need to store only the randomly selected samples for each standard assessed. These should be kept until the standard is next assessed, or for two years.
  • A standard will not be selected for external moderation if it has not been assessed in the last two years.
  • Digitally generated or stored student evidence can be submitted online for external moderation.

Suggestions for managing workload

  • You should follow your school's
    • random selection process soon after verification of assessment decisions for each standard assessed
    • procedure for filing or storing the random selection of student work.
  • Clearly label work generated digitally and store it in an accessible place in case it is selected for external moderation.
  • Clearly date all evidence so that it can be replaced by new work and discarded as necessary.

More information

Guidelines for the selection of student work for moderation (PDF, 132KB)

External moderation

Suggestions for managing workload

  • You should follow your school's
    • random selection process soon after verification of assessment decisions for each standard assessed
    • procedure for filing or storing the random selection of student work.
  • Clearly label work generated digitally and store it in an accessible place in case it is selected for external moderation.
  • Clearly date all evidence so that it can be replaced by new work and discarded as necessary.
 
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