NZQA Christ's College Booklet

Verification

Checking that student work is being marked consistently and at the appropriate standard.

In subjects where there is more than one class at the same level, teachers will ensure there is consistency in their marking of assessments across all classes.

All summative assessments must be internally moderated to ensure consistency.

Strategies to ensure consistency include ​ : ● All marking must be to an agreed schedule which has been developed before the assessment takes place ● Common assessment tasks ● One teacher marking one section of work across all scripts ● Peer marking ● Assessment decisions need to be verified by a subject specialist, from within the same department, or from a different department, or from another school, checking a sample of assessed work, or discussion of decisions by a panel. A record of each verification must be kept ● Teachers assessing in a panel, with borderline examples discussed ● Strip assessment (different teachers assessing different sections) ● Cross assessment (teachers mark a mix of student work from different classes) ● Where an agreement cannot be made between teaching staff, a third party (external moderator, outside school environment) may be needed to verify the grades of some students To ensure consistent professional judgements are being made, departments must have a formal system for verifying assessment decisions – check marking of a sample of a class's work is one way of doing this. A record of each verification must be kept – Internal Moderation Cover Sheet. ● Holding annotated benchmarking samples can be useful for ensuring consistency from year to year. Keep the size of the sample manageable, keep the material updated and include examples of Achieved, Merit, Excellence and borderline examples ● Keep copies of scripts that generated the most discussion with notes as to why a particular decision was reached

All assessment material, both activities and schedules, must be clearly labelled and easily retrievable.

When re-using assessment material, another assessor can provide a second opinion on its suitability, making appropriate written comments or suggestions.

There should be a strategic selection of student work for verification, including grades that are on the boundaries.

No grades will be returned to students until verification has been completed.

Christ’s College Assessment Procedures

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