WHY DO WE MODERATE
Moderation is a process of monitoring and evaluating assessment documentation and assessor decisions to ensure that standards are applied validly and consistently to all learners.
The purpose of moderation is to ensure that:
► Assessments are consistent with the national standard.
► Assessments are fair, valid and consistent; and
► Assessors are making consistent judgments about learner performance.
Moderation is intended to ensure that regardless of where an assessment was carried out for any particular unit standard, the judgment made on the learner’s competence was fair, valid and of a reasonably consistent standard when compared to assessments made elsewhere.
Moderation exercises provide an ideal opportunity for Tertiary Education Organisations (TEO’s) and schools to obtain structured collegial feedback on their teaching and assessment material. This should either confirm that their tools meet industry standards or will identify where improvements are needed to do so.
Primary ITO is responsible for monitoring the quality of assessment for our primary Industries unit standards and is required by NZQA to conduct moderation in compliance with our Consent and Moderation requirements (CMR) which are registered with NZQA.
Primary ITO is required by NZQA to:
► Implement a national external moderation system to moderate assessments from TEO’s who are assessing Primary ITO unit Standards - in accordance with our registered CMRs.
► Apply processes to ensure feedback from the national external moderation activities is used in review of our unit standards.
► Meeting annual NZQA national external moderation reporting requirements.
WHO DO WE MODERATE?
All Tertiary Education Organisations who have consent to assess scope against any unit standards for which Primary ITO is the Standard Setting Body.
The Quality Management System requirements and our moderation processes are set out in Primary ITO’s Consent and Moderation Requirement’s (CMR’s)which are found on the NZQA website. TEO’s with consent to assess are expected to be familiar with our CMRs.
Click on the CMR ID below for details.
We conduct moderation processes according to our CMRs which you are expected to be familiar with. Click on the CMR ID below for details.
Below is the list of CMRs for which Primary ITO is the Standard Setting Body:
|Seafood, Animal Product Examination Services, Dairy Processing, Fellmongery and Leather Processing, Leather Manufacturing, Meat Processing, Primary Products Food Processing, Seafood Maori|
|Agriculture, Animal Care and Handling, Horticulture, Pest Management, Pork Production, Poultry Production, Primary Sector, Sports Turf, Wool Harvesting, and Environment|
|Animal Care and Handling, Equine and Greyhound Racing Industry, and Water Industry|
|Energy and Chemical Plant, and Petrochemical Industry|
HOW DO WE MODERATE?
Post Assessment Moderation
Post Assessment Moderation is the process of checking assessor decisions after assessment has taken place to ensure they meet the national standard and are fair valid and consistent. Our specialist contracted moderators carry out moderation and report on the moderation outcome and recommendations for improvements to assessment practice.
Types of post moderation:
Types of moderation can take the following forms:
Pre assessment Moderation
Pre Assessment Moderation is the process of checking assessment materials prior to use to ensure the assessment meets the requirements of the unit standard. Click here for more information.
All TEOs and Schools are expected to participate and comply with the ITO Moderation Plans.
Non-compliance will result in Primary ITO initiating non-compliance actions. The Quality Manager will specify in writing the non-compliance and the corrective actions to be taken, and within what time frame, to the non-compliant TEO.
Primary ITO has a fair and transparent moderation appeal process. Your organisation has the right to appeal a moderation decision. If you disagree with a moderation decision, please email the Quality team at email@example.com in the first instance and we will make every effort to resolve your compliant. If you are unsatisfied with this outcome, then you may lodge a formal appeal by completing a Moderation Appeal form.