Quality Assurance processes
Quality assurance processes to support grades for externals derived from school-based evidence
Key messages from NZQA
- You don’t need to stop teaching to conduct assessment
- Consider reducing the number of credits you are offering
- Use the flexibility of the qualification to the advantage of the students
- You will still need evidence of learning but remember that evidence can come from a variety of places. You can record it on the Evidence Gathering Templates (EGTs). Anticipate points where evidence might occur – you shouldn’t have to go hunting for it retrospectively.
- There will need to be some sort of check that the grades are valid (if you have done a test it might be through your usual marking process, and if you have gathered evidence it could be through a professional conversation about what you were looking for and how you know you’ve seen enough to be confident in the grade you are reporting – so nothing new or onerous)
- Less is best. Ease up. Focus on what the students actually need (and can realistically be assessed) for their next steps.