Assessment of standards

Standards specify what a candidate for assessment needs to know, do, and understand. Assessment can use a variety of methods and approaches (appropriate to the learner and the context) that give the learner the opportunity to show evidence of achievement/competence.

Generic resources and guidelines

There are a number of 'generic' resources and guidelines available for those involved in assessment against standards.  Read more »

Assessment support material and resources

Assessment support material and resources are available for a number of learning areas. Read more »

Other resources

Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education – links to references for Literacy for Maori.

Requirements for assessing against standards

Providers and transitional industry training organisations (transitional ITOs) must be granted consent to assess standards (accredited) by NZQA before they can offer assessment against standards. Once they have consent to assess, providers and ITOs assessing against standards are required by NZQA to carry out internal moderation and engage with the national external moderation system that applies to those standards.

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Gaining recognition for assessment skills

Assessors wishing to develop their skills should be aware of the following unit standards:

  • 4098 Use standards to assess candidate performance
  • 11551 Quality assure assessment
  • 11552 Design and evaluate assessment materials
  • 18203 Verify evidence for assessment (expiring 31 December 2020)
  • 30421 Carry out assessments against standards to make judgements of learner performance
  • 30422 Participate in the quality assurance of assessment
  • 30423 Participate in assessment processes as a verifier.

Many tertiary providers and transitional industry training organisations offer training and/or assessment for these standards.

Quality Assured Assessment Materials

NZQA has established a Quality Assured Assessment Materials (QAAM) trademark to ensure the quality of assessment materials used when assessing secondary school students for qualifications. Read more »

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