ERIC Number: ED354331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Moderation of Assessment: An Introduction for National Standards Bodies. Developing a Qualifications Framework for New Zealand.
New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Wellington.
This document provides a decision tree to guide the thinking of the staff of New Zealand agencies developing national education and certification standards. It is intended to help them make decisions about moderation of assessment--a process of sampling assessments to ensure that they are consistent with the required standard. After an introduction, the document is structured around five steps, each of which asks a question of standards agencies. Step 1 asks, "What expectations do people have of the assessment process?" because these expectations help determine the extent to which it is appropriate to invest local and national resources to ensure that assessments are fair, valid, and consistent. Step 2 asks, "What activities are already in place to help ensure that assessments are fair, valid, and consistent?" Unit registration, accreditation, reaccreditation and external audits are discussed. Step 3 asks a key question: "Are expectations met without requiring external moderation?" If the answer to this question is Yes, there is no need to proceed further; if No, agencies will move to step 4. Step 4 asks, "What moderation arrangements need to be put in place to meet expectations?," suggesting that national standards agencies establish either one central national moderation system or a national moderation system of local networks. Step 5 asks, "Do arrangements now meet expectations?" If the answer is No, step 4 should be revised. The two appendices contain moderation criteria and a glossary. (CML)
Descriptors: Accountability, Certification, Education Work Relationship, Employment Qualifications, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Labor Force Development, Licensing Examinations (Professions), National Standards, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, State Licensing Boards, Student Evaluation
New Zealand Qualifications Authority, P.O. Box 160, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand