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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? … Continue reading

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Sorry “kids”, I don’t always know why you got a low mark or Not Achieved

I sent the following email to a number of my 2017 Level 2 Digital technology students. Pass rates were lower than expected and unfortunately, in some individual cases, I don’t  know why as there is no marking schedule returned to … Continue reading

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OIA request on NZQA

I was faced with a barrage of questions from my 2017 Level 1 and 2 students regarding their Digital Technologies external portfolio marks. I advised them that I can return their papers but: The marking schedule is not provided, and … Continue reading

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Harsh lesson on complying with instructions

E I have two Level 3 students that were awarded Merit for their external assessments. They should have gained Excellence however they failed to follow instructions related to font size (Ariel 12 pt) and standard margins on A4 paper. They … Continue reading

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Comparing results for 2016

As is usual practice at the start of a new year, schools start comparing results for NZQA assessments, both internal and external. Hopefully this gives an idea of relative performance. My initial skim of comparative data yielded some interesting data … Continue reading

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“They’re only mocks”

In recent years we have encouraged students to take “mocks” seriously. In fact the vernacular has changed to “school exams”.  We usually argue that it gives them a benchmark and also allows for a derived grade if they are sick, incapacitated … Continue reading

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Who owns student work submitted to NZQA?

My class recently discovered an exemplar by one of my students on the NZQA site here Level 2, 2015 Excellence level. However… I don’t know about it The student didn’t know about it The student is identifiable by name… I really … Continue reading

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NZQA results – DT external IM portfolios

True to their word NZQA posted NCEA results at or around midnight on 15 January. For Digital Technologies students at WEGC: Level 1 ……………….. 92.5% passed, over 60% gained Merit or Excellence Level 2 ………………. 97% passed, around 18% gained … Continue reading

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USB – Uturn

Following on from a post last April… seems common sense has prevailed and NZQA now accept USB’s from schools. https://edwinbruce.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/lets-make-teachers-lives-even-more-difficult-and-maybe-limit-use-of-open-source-software/

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Lets make teachers lives even more difficult and maybe limit use of open source software

From NZQA website… “Evidence presented on USB flash drives will not be moderated due to security and virus transmission risks.” Further… “Use only CD-R or DVD-R disks. Be sure (i.e. test that) the disk can be read in another device.If … Continue reading

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