WHY DO WE MODERATE
Moderation is the quality assurance 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 and valid and do not disadvantage the learner.
► 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 assessor judgment made on the learner’s competence was fair, valid and of a reasonably consistent standard when compared to assessments made elsewhere by other assessors.
Moderation exercises provide an ideal opportunity for assessors to received feedback on their assessment practice and make improvements where needed.
HOW WE MODERATE
There are 2 forms of moderation:
This is conducted before an assessment takes place. It is when the assessment tool is quality assured (moderated) to ensure it meets the unit standard before it can be used by an assessor. This involves checking assessment design to ensure the right questions are being asked in the right way so that sufficient evidence can be gathered to show the learner is competent against the Unit Standard requirements.
This is conducted after an assessment has taken place. It is when the assessor judgements/decisions are quality assured (moderated) to ensure that learners have met the standard and that there is national consistency in assessor decisions & results. This is conducted on an annual cycle.
Types of Moderation
WHEN DO WE MODERATE
Assessors in different Primary Industry sectors are moderated at different times of the year. Requests for moderation samples will usually occur between February and November. Assessors are expected to participate in moderation and submit learner assessment samples when requested.
For more information on timing for your sector View our 2022 Moderation calendar.
Keeping Assessments for Moderation
Registered Primary ITO Workplace Assessors must keep and store all their learner assessment workbooks or Evidence portfolios (EP’s) for a period of two years, including all supporting evidence considered by the assessor in making their decision. (This may include evidence from the workplace such as work records, logbooks, photographs, etc)
Assessors are required to:
► Keep and securely store assessments at the workplace for a period of two Note: these are not to be kept by the learner unless the Assessor has stored a scanned copy.
► Ensure samples are easily and readily retrieved for moderation purposes.
► Submit requested learner assessments for moderation within 15 working days.
► After 24 months, return the assessment(s) to the learner, or securely dispose of them, depending on the wishes of the learner at the time of assessment (please ask them and make the required arrangements.)
Assessors have the right to appeal a moderation decision. If you disagree with a moderation decision, please contact the Academic Integrity team at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.