DTTA Internal Moderation Guidelines

Date Created: 4 June 2015

Date Modified:
25 March 2019,
changed NZACDITT to DTTA
website for assessment material is changed to dthm4kaiako.ac.nz
Registered Teacher Criteria changed to Practicing Teacher Criteria
from google group is changed to mobilize group
updated cover page
Changed the spreasheet link to where to find in the mobilize group, until dthm4kaiako has a members only section
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DTTA recommends that the online moderation go ahead, as it is required.

DTTA recommend that there is no use of public folders through the dtta group. These should be shared between individuals, however, see the section on Intellectual Property in this document.

DTTA recommends members use the spreadsheet that has been created to support the development of online moderation as this makes it transparent as well as helps make sure workload is not put on one person.

Please search the mobilize group for "DTTA Internal Moderation 2019" to find the spreadsheet.


DTTA recommends that the workload should not be onerous for teachers.

The verification process is to ensure that the teacher judgements are consistent with the standard, before they report the results to NZQA. It should be undertaken by a subject specialist with external moderation reasonable agreement rates. The marker should seek verification of samples of work around grade boundaries, as well as for any grades that need review, to satisfy themselves that their decisions are consistent with the standard. Work for verification should be purposefully selected, rather than being selected randomly.

Sufficient pieces of work need to be verified to be confident the grades are consistent with the listed standard, not the entire class work.

DTTA suggests using the Internal Moderation Cover Sheet provided by NZQA


DTTA would suggest a minimum of 4 pieces of work and a maximum of 8 pieces. Though you should check what your school policy is.


DTTA has pointed out that having commercial resources being shared amongst people that do not hold a license for the resources is a breach of contract. The terms and conditions of these commercial providers limit what can be shared. It would be outside the terms and conditions of the agreement to have a non licensed school moderate the work.

It is a copyright infringement to publish any resources from commercial providers.

DTTA recommends that teachers have their assessments checked before using them in accordance with Internal Moderation practices from NZQA.


Assessment Material

All assessment material is critiqued and modified as necessary, before use. However, DTTA has published before, it would be recommended that the assessment be Creative Commons, and potentially made available for the dthm4kaiako Website for other teachers to use. See dthm4kaiako.ac.nz

Intellectual Property of the Student

All rights of the assessment material and content remain the property of the original school. DTTA recommends that the files and associated work are deleted from the moderating school afterwards, the only document to be kept, being the NZQA Internal Moderation Cover Page to show evidence for Practising Teacher Criteria.

Moderators Feedback

DTTA's position is that moderator's comments and feedback be written in a way that are supportive in nature. The purpose of feedback is to identify the area for improvement, offer some strategies or suggestion in how that might be improved.

Comments which could be perceived to be negative personal comments have no place in the feedback, this is not the purpose of moderation.

Comments back to the DTTA mobilize group or DTTA Committee about Moderation and personal issues may be dealt with under Section 13.0 Cessation of Membership of the Association Rules, http://nzacditt.org.nz/rules-of-the-association[update link] as this may be seen as acting in a manner inconsistent with the purposes of the Society.

This page was last modified on 25 Mar 2019.