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We teach our unit standards with the ‘real world’ in mind, so students can apply what they have learned at school when they work in primary sectors.
Our Academic Integrity Team monitors the quality of assessment across the primary industry sectors we serve. The team ensures:
- Verifiers and assessors have different roles
- Level 3 programmes require resources and workplace opportunities
- Moderation ensures standards are consistent
- Schools need Consent to Assess to deliver unit standards
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Both verifiers and assessors play important roles in quality assurance.
Confirming the verifiers’ judgements and comments is important. Verifiers are not trained in assessment and may not fully understand the standards or learning outcomes. Assessors should record conversations and verifier observations for moderation purposes.
More schools are considering offering Level 3 primary industry unit standards to year 13 students.
Schools offering these programmes need to have the resources and workplace opportunities for students to achieve to the required standard. We will look closely to see that this is the case.
Level 3 students usually already have some background in the primary sector.
Level 3 needs a much deeper level of understanding and application than Level 2. Students must spend considerable time on farms or in workplaces throughout the programme. They must work to the same standard as someone in workplace training.
Contact our education specialist [email protected] if you have questions on delivery and assessment.
Moderation applies standards validly and consistently by monitoring and evaluating assessment documentation and decisions.
Moderation has two parts: pre-assessment and post-assessment Both parts give schools a chance to get structured feedback from colleagues on teaching and assessment materials.
Pre-assessment moderation ensures the assessment material meets the national standard. We recommend schools use Primary ITO assessment tools wherever possible. Where these are not available and schools develop their own assessment resources, the school’s resources must be pre-moderated by Muka Tangata Workforce Development Council before use.
For more on pre-assessment moderation, go to Muka Tangata WDC.
Post-assessment moderation involves checking that assessors’ decisions meet the national standard, and are fair, valid, and consistent.
We moderate Trade Academy schools by post, on cluster moderation days, or both.
Cluster moderation days give teachers a chance to meet, get moderation feedback, and be part of a community of best practice.
For more on post-assessment moderation, email [email protected]
To deliver and report credits for primary industry unit standards, schools must have Consent to Assess for those unit standards.
If your school would like Consent to Assess or to increase your current consent against primary industry unit standards, apply to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). You will need a letter of support from Muka Tangata WDC to accompany your application.
For more information or to apply for Consent to Assess, go directly to Muka Tangata WDC.
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