Providing assurance of assessment quality.

What is national external moderation?

The national external moderation system provides assurance in the quality of assessment carried out by organisations with consent to assess. Waihanga Ara Rau manages national external moderation in accordance with the relevant CMR document.

What are the types of moderation? 

There are three types of national external moderation activities. These are:

  • Pre-assessment moderation – assessment materials are moderated prior to use with candidates.
  • Post-assessment moderation – assessors’ decisions are moderated after the assessment has taken place.

Pre-assessment moderation

Pre-assessment moderation will continue as specified in the current CMR documents. You can access the CMRs on the NZQA website.

Providers need to complete a pre-assessment moderation cover sheet and email their required documentation and the coversheet to [email protected]. There is no charge for pre-assessment moderation.

Checklist guidelines for Pre-assessment Moderation: Before submitting resources for pre-assessment moderation, please ensure assessment materials meet the checklist guidelines

Post-assessment and onsite moderation 

Waihanga Ara Rau has focused the moderation priorities on high-risk unit standards for the 2022 Moderation Plan.

Note: the high-risk unit standards for 2022 being moderated are in Section Four of the Plan. 

Checklist guidelines for Post-assessment Moderation: Before submitting resources for post-assessment moderation, please ensure assessment materials meet the checklist guidelines. 

Moderation appeals process

Providers may wish to appeal moderation decisions made by Waihanga Ara Rau.

Appeals must be received within 15 working days of receiving the moderation outcome report. Providers need to complete a Moderation Appeal form and email it to [email protected].

Contact us

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