The role of the Primary ITO Quality Team is to monitor the quality of assessment across all the Primary Industry sectors that we serve. We are responsible for ensuring that assessment materials and assessor practices are fair, valid, and consistent, and that learners are meeting the national industry standard.
For more information on assessment principles view Assessment Practice checklist for schools.
Primary ITO unit standards must be assessed with industry in mind and delivered in the appropriate ‘real world’ context. The expectation is that students will be able to utilise the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that they have gained at school, within the relevant primary industry sectors.
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Assessors versus Verifiers
The Verifier’s role
A verifier confirms that a student can consistently perform specified tasks to meet the required standard. They pass on evidence to and support the assessor in making the assessment decision.
A verifier may be an employer/coach/supervisor or a contractor coming into the workplace such as a vet.
For more information view the Verifiers Handbook Here
The Assessor’s role
The assessor carries out the actual assessment by reviewing all the evidence. Evidence typically includes the learners’ answers to questions, workplace documents, and verification. They make the final decision regarding competency.
It is important that assessors have a conversation with verifiers to validate verifiers judgements and comments. Verifiers are not trained in assessment, may not have a clear understanding of the standards required at each level, and may not have a full understanding of the learning outcome. Any conversations and verifier observations should be documented/recorded for moderation purposes.
For more information on the Assessor role & responsibilities Click here
Teaching and Assessing Level 3 Unit Standards
An increasing number of schools are looking at delivering and assessing Primary Industry unit standards at Level 3, offering a level 3 program to year 13 students.
It is important to understand that Level 3 is usually associated with learners who already have some experience or a background in the primary sector, and that Level 3 requires considerably more depth of understanding and application than that of level 2.
Level 3 students in schools must be spending considerable time on-farm or in the workplace throughout the programme and must demonstrate that they are operating to the same standard as someone in workplace training while at work.
Primary ITO will be looking closely to see that any Level 3 programme delivered in schools has the resources and workplace opportunities to allow students to achieve to the standard required of the level.
For queries on delivery and assessment contact our education specialist John.troutbeck@Primaryito.ac.nz.