OIA request on NZQA – Part 2

See below…

Erh… Did NZQA actually read my OIA request? Perhaps it was unclear in which case they could have sought clarification. Perhaps I should ask an entire class individually to send an OIA request in for their marking schedules? It would be a good exercise in learning about their rights and Government process.


My request:

If one or several of my students request their external portfolio marking schedules under the official information act will these be provided? Are there grounds for urgency in this request given that the deadline for reviews and reconsiderations is 16 February 2018.

These relate to Digital Technology external Portfolios at Level 1,2 and 3 for standards AS91070, AS91367 and As91632.

If they will not be provided what is the policy reason for this?

Their answer (from Deputy Chief Executive Assessment):

Thank you for your email of 3 February 2018 regarding the marking schedules for Digital
Technology standards.
We do not generally publish the assessment schedules until after the reconsiderations submission period has ended, to minimise the risk of breaches. In the case of Digital Technologies, I can confirm however that the generic marking schedules available on our website were used. These schedules only vary in that the date is changed year on year.
The marking schedules can be found on our website at
http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/subjects/technology/levels/. You can find the assessment schedules by clicking on each of the NCEA Levels and then selecting the three standards you are specifically interested in.
I hope that this meets your and your students’ needs.

My response:

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately, this does not meet my request,

The students want to see their completed marking schedules. This tells them what part of the standard they did not achieve. This gives them no advantage in asking for reconsideration but does indicate the areas they did not meet the required standard.

My question stands ie what is the policy of regarding returning individual marking schedules to students?


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