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Assessments where SAC Provision is Not Appropriate or Not Allowed

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General Principles for Internal and External Assessments

Special assessment conditions (SAC) are not appropriate where:

  • the integrity of the assessment may be compromised
  • the assessment objectives of the standard may be compromised
  • the special assessment condition will provide unfair advantage over other candidates.

Internal Assessments

SAC should be provided for all assessments unless there is a clear and considered reason for this to be excluded. The decision about whether the student’s use of SAC is appropriate for a particular assessment is a professional judgement made by the school.

The principles guiding assessment for all standards as well as the general principles relating to SAC (see above) should be considered. Published achievement criteria and explanatory notes for the standard must be considered. All assessment should be credible – valid, verifiable and authentic.

There is no list of internally assessed standards for which SAC is specifically excluded because of their quantity and scope.

Consideration must also be given as to how manageable SAC is for the student for each standard. In some instances, an alternative assessment approach e.g. video or podcast may better meet the student’s needs without compromising the integrity of the assessment.

A Writer may be inappropriate in the following situations:

  • Writing equations or symbols (as, for example, in Mathematics, Calculus, Statistics, Physics, Music) because of the difficulty associated with dictating symbols. Offer the Extra Time Writing Option, or assistive technologies if that is the student’s usual way of working.
  • Drawing graphs or models (as in Mathematics, Geography, Statistics, Physics etc.). Offer Extra Time, or assistive technologies if that is the student’s usual way of working.
  • Writing in a Learning or New Language where the assessment is of a student’s ability to spell or write characters or script in that language. Students must demonstrate these skills on their own, either by dictating spelling or accents, or using a computer.
  • When an independent command of the skill is being assessed (e.g. drawing in Visual Arts or Technology, drawing maps in Geography, drawing graphs in Economics, writing characters in Chinese or Japanese, writing musical notation, etc.).

However, a Writer may label a diagram, map etc. as instructed by the student.

A Reader may be inappropriate when the assessment requires students to:

  • read (and comprehend) independently.

However, a Reader may read the instructions and all words in English in any languages assessment.

Exceptional circumstances (e.g. severe disability) can be grounds for increased assistance. Contact sac@nzqa.govt.nz for clarification.

External Assessments

Extra Writing Time alternative provision

Specific examination sessions allow for the use of Extra Writing Time to replace use of Computer or Writer. Any student approved for Computer or Writer but not Extra Writing Time may choose to use Extra Writing Time instead of the Computer or Writer. The option is available for whole sessions only, not standard by standard. The student must be entered for three standards in a three hour session or Scholarship for Extra Writing Time to become available. Further information can be found at Extra Writing Time Option.

Exclusions of SAC provision

The following externally assessed standards are excluded from the specific special assessment conditions assistance listed.

Partial exclusion of a Writer allows the Writer to annotate the graphs and maps drawn by the student and to write the rest of the answers.

Partial exclusion of a Reader for Languages allows the Reader to read only the instructions or questions written in English.

Level 1

Achievement Standard  Special Assessment Conditions Assistance
ReaderWriterComputerOther
Design and Visual Communication
  91063   Excluded Excluded  
  91064   Excluded    
  91065   Excluded    
Geography 
  91007   Part Excluded    
  91008   Part Excluded    
  91010   Part Excluded    
Visual Arts
  90916   Excluded    
Languages
Chinese 90868 Part Excluded      
  90871 Excluded      
Cook Islands Māori 90873 Part Excluded      
  90876 Excluded      
French 90878 Part Excluded      
  90881 Excluded      
German 90883 Part Excluded        
  90886 Excluded      
Indonesian 90888 Part Excluded      
  90891 Excluded      
Japanese 90893 Part Excluded      
  90896 Excluded      
Korean 90898 Part Excluded      
  90901 Excluded      
Samoan 90903 Part Excluded      
  90906 Excluded      
Spanish 90908 Part Excluded      
  90911 Excluded      
Te Reo Māori
  91087 Part Excluded      
  91088 Excluded      
Lea Faka-Tonga          
  91669 Part Excluded      
  91672 Excluded      

Level 2

Achievement StandardSpecial Assessment Conditions Assistance
ReaderWriterComputerOther
Design and Visual Communication
  91337   Excluded    
  91338   Excluded    
  91339   Excluded    
Geography
  91240   Part Excluded    
  91242   Part Excluded    
  91243   Part Excluded    
Visual Arts
  91320   Excluded    
  91321   Excluded    
  91322   Excluded    
  91323   Excluded    
  91324   Excluded    
Languages
Chinese 91108 Part Excluded      
  91111 Excluded      
Cook Islands Māori 91113 Part Excluded      
  91116 Excluded      
French 91118 Part Excluded      
  91121 Excluded      
German 91123 Part Excluded      
  91126 Excluded      
Indonesian 91128 Part Excluded      
  91131 Excluded      
Japanese 91133 Part Excluded      
  91136 Excluded      
Korean 91138 Part Excluded      
  91141 Excluded      
Samoan 91143 Part Excluded      
  91146 Excluded      
Spanish 91148 Part Excluded      
  91151 Excluded      
Te Reo Māori
  91286 Part Excluded      
  91287 Excluded      
Lea Faka-Tonga          
  91674 Part Excluded      
  91677 Excluded      

Level 3

Achievement StandardSpecial Assessment Conditions Assistance
ReaderWriterComputerOther
Design and Visual Communication
  91627   Excluded    
  91631   Excluded    
Geography
  91426   Part Excluded    
  91427   Part Excluded    
  91429   Part Excluded    
Visual Arts
  91455   Excluded    
  91456   Excluded    
  91457   Excluded    
  91458   Excluded    
  91459   Excluded    
Languages
Chinese 91533 Part Excluded      
  91536 Excluded      
Cook Islands Māori 91538 Part Excluded      
  91541 Excluded      
French 91543 Part Excluded      
  91546 Excluded      
German 91548 Part Excluded      
  91551 Excluded      
Indonesian 91645 Part Excluded      
  91648 Excluded      
Japanese 91553 Part Excluded      
  91556 Excluded      
Korean 91558 Part Excluded      
  91561 Excluded      
Samoan 91563 Part Excluded      
  91566 Excluded      
Spanish 91568 Part Excluded      
  91571 Excluded      
Te Reo Māori
  91652 Excluded      
  91653 Excluded      

Scholarship

Standard  Special Assessment Conditions Assistance
ReaderWriter
Chinese Excluded Excluded
French Excluded Excluded
German Excluded Excluded
Japanese Excluded  Excluded
Spanish Excluded  Excluded
Samoan Excluded  Excluded
Te Reo Māori Excluded  Excluded
Te Reo Rangatira Excluded  Excluded
Design and Visual Communication Excluded Excluded
Latin Excluded  Excluded
Music Excluded Excluded
Visual Arts Excluded Excluded
 
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