QUALIFICATIONS & ASSESSMENT - (Including NCEA - National Certificate of Educational Achievement & NZ Scholarship) - New Plymouth Girls ...

 
QUALIFICATIONS & ASSESSMENT - (Including NCEA - National Certificate of Educational Achievement & NZ Scholarship) - New Plymouth Girls ...
QUALIFICATIONS
  & ASSESSMENT
          (Including NCEA
- National Certificate of Educational
            Achievement
         & NZ Scholarship)

  Year 10 Student/ Parent Handbook

                2018
QUALIFICATIONS & ASSESSMENT - (Including NCEA - National Certificate of Educational Achievement & NZ Scholarship) - New Plymouth Girls ...
This information handbook provides details of:
       • qualifications and assessment procedures at
       • New Plymouth Girls' High School
       • the NCEA qualification
       • the NZ Scholarship award.

Keep this handbook handy to answer questions throughout the year.

If you have any concerns about qualifications or assessment do not
hesitate to talk to your subject teacher, HOD (Head of Department),
Dean or the Principal’s Nominee .

Any significant issues relating to qualifications or assessment should
be addressed to the Principal’s Nominee .

Students and parents/whanau can access information and videos
about NCEA on our school website
http://www.npghs.school.nz/Qualifications.php

Mrs Suzanne Bradburn
Principal’s Nominee
Contents
What Is NCEA?                                                    4
How Does NCEA Work?                                              4
NCEA at Year 10                                                  5
How Do You Achieve An NCEA Qualification?                        6
Qualifications Management                                        8
 Staff Reference                                                  8
 2018 Term Dates and Public Holidays                              8
Achieving Excellence in the NCEA                                 9
Recognising High Achievement: Endorsements                       9
Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements                       10
Literacy and Numeracy Achievement Standards                      10
Literacy and Numeracy Unit Standards                             10
Literacy and Numeracy using te reo Māori                         11
Reporting achievement of the Literacy and Numeracy requirement   11
Reassessment Sessions                                            12
Subject Credit Records                                           12
School Assessment Procedures and Guidelines                      13
 Course Outline and Assessment Information                       13
 Extensions / Alternative Assessment Date                        13
 Appeals                                                         15
 Authenticity                                                    16
 Evidence of Achievement                                         17
 Further Formal Assessment Opportunities                         17
Frequently Asked Questions                                       18
National Secondary Examinations Timetables 2018                  21
APPEAL APPLICATION FORM - 2018                                   22
ASSESSMENT AUTHENTICITY FORM 2018                                23
QUALIFICATION RESULT QUERIES – 2018                              24

                                    3
What Is NCEA?
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (or NCEA) is a qualification for New
Zealand senior secondary school students, awarded at Levels 1, 2 or 3. Nearly all subjects
are assessed both externally and internally. The main external assessment method is
external     examinations     (marked     outside    the     school)    and      portfolios
(Art/Graphics/Technology) are also examined externally. All subjects have parts that are
internally assessed (marked within the school). Internal assessment results gained within
the school count as FINAL grades towards the NCEA. Internal assessment is used for parts
of the curriculum where a written examination is unsuitable, e.g. research skills, practical
performances (Music/Drama), science experiments etc.
NCEA is administered by NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) who also run the
external examinations. Although the external examinations are on the school campus, an
Exam Centre Manager employed by NZQA oversees the examinations, not the school. All
NZQA rules and regulations must be adhered to in everything to do with the NCEA.
NZQA checks all schools’ internal assessment activities and procedures to ensure that
internal assessment across all New Zealand schools is fair, consistent and at the national
standard. Samples of work from each subject are sent to NZQA to be moderated (checked),
to ensure that NPGHS is marking to the national standard.
                                       How Does NCEA Work?
Each subject has a number of Achievement Standards which are assessed externally and
internally and Unit Standards which are assessed internally. Each Standard has clear
criteria stating the level of knowledge and skills required to meet the standard. Each
Standard is worth a set number of credits. If you meet the standard you receive the credits.
Achievement Standards are recognised at:
        •   an unsatisfactory level               N ot achieved
        •   a satisfactory level                  A chieved
        •   a very good level                     M erit
        •   an outstanding level                  E xcellence
The grade (A, M, E) does not affect the number of credits received. If you pass whether at
A, M, or E level you receive all the available credits. The number of Ms and Es gained will
however affect your grade average. NZQA awards merit and excellence endorsements for
students gaining over 50 Ms or Es respectively.
Most subjects offer up to 24 credits (predominantly Achievement Standards). Some
subjects at NPGHS offer Unit Standards for part or all, of the course. ALL Unit Standards
are internally assessed and contribute credits toward NCEA. Unit Standards are graded at
Achieved / Not Achieved.

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NCEA at Year 10
During Year 10 you will complete some standards toward your NCEA Level 1. Depending
on your class and the subjects taken, the amount of standards will vary.

If you will only be completing a small number of standards during 2018 we recommend
that you DO NOT register with NZQA. If you are taking several standards it is advisable but
still not compulsory for you to register with NZQA.

There is one flat fee rate of $76.70 for all domestic students, regardless of how many
credits you gain. This is costly, therefore, if you will only gain a small number of credits in
2018.

All credits gained during 2018 as a Year 10 are entered into the school computer system
so that they can be credited to your results as a Year 11 student. It is important that you
keep a good personal record of these results to ensure that none are missed off your Year
11 results.

If however as a Year 10 you are going to be completing any external standards i.e. sitting
external examinations, you MUST register with NZQA.

Any Year 10 student not sitting external standards who wishes to register with NZQA and
gain an official NZQA record of your results for 2018 will need to make sure your subject
teacher has you entered for the standards you wish to sit.

If you want to register with NZQA pick up a Year 11, 12 & 13 Qualifications and Assessment
Handbook from Student Services. If you have any other queries, see
Mrs Bradburn – Principal’s Nominee.

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How Do You Achieve An NCEA Qualification?
An NCEA Qualification can be awarded at 3 levels:
        Level 1 is predominantly for Year 11 students
        Level 2 is predominantly for Year 12 students
        Level 3 is predominantly for Year 13 students

                        NCEA Level 1                                             NCEA Level 2                                    NCEA Level 3
                          (Year 11)                                                (Year 12)                                       (Year 13)
                         80 Credits*                                               80 Credits                                      80 Credits
          *(must include 10 literacy credits and 10                (60 at Level 2 and 20 at any other level)       (60 at Level 3 and 20 at any other level)
         numeracy credits through specified AS or 10
                      through new US)

             Achievement                    Unit                     Achievement                 Unit                Achievement                 Unit
              Standards                  Standards                    Standards               Standards               Standards               Standards

               Achieved                                                Achieved                                        Achieved
                Merit                     Achieved                      Merit                  Achieved                 Merit                  Achieved
              Excellence                                              Excellence                                      Excellence
        A typical         6 subject academic course of study offers the potential of 144 credits for students to achieve
                         • 5 subject academic course of study offers a potential of 120 credits
                         • a practical course of study involving, for example, English Alternative, Science Alternative, Maths Alternative, Food & Nutrition and
                           Design Technology offers: 100 - 120 credits from Unit & Achievement Standards.

        University Entrance requirements are              •     Level 3 including a minimum of 14 credits in 3 subjects
        (see pages 31 - 39 for further details)           •     10 credits in Mathematics at Level 1 or above
                                                          •     5 credits in Reading at Level 2 or above
                                                          •     5 credits in Writing at Level 2 or above

        Some Universities are imposing their own entrance criteria so please check..
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Qualifications Timeline of Events – 2018
 Week                      1                         2                         3                  4                       5                          6                           7                            8                       9                         10                                       11

                                                                                                                                                 GOAL
                                           WAITANGI DAY                                                                                       SETTING Fri
                                                                                                            Web access for Late Internally
                                                                                                                                                  9/3            TARANAKI ANNIVERSARY                                                                                               Applications for SAC close via SAC Tool 12/4
    TERM ONE
Qualifications Management
                      at New Plymouth Girls' High School
                                          Staff Reference
 Year 13 Deans:                                    Year 11 Deans:
      Mrs Preston                                       Miss Hurley
      Mrs Morine                                        Mrs Eliason
 Year 12 Deans:                                    Year 10 Deans:
      Ms Doherty                                        Mrs Bayens
      Mrs Coleman                                       Mr Brown

 NZQA Principal’s Nominee: Mrs Suzanne Bradburn (Acting Deputy Principal)
 Academic Deputy Principal: Mrs Bond

                            2018 Term Dates and Public Holidays
                                                        Term Dates
                Term 1                  Tuesday 30 January to Friday 13 April            (11 weeks)
                Term 2                     Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July              (10 weeks)
                Term 3                      Monday 27 July to Friday 28 September        (10 weeks)
                Term 4                  Monday 15 October to Tuesday 14 December         (9 weeks)

                                                 Statutory Holidays
            Waitangi Day                              Monday             6 February
            Taranaki Anniversary                      Monday             12 March
            Good Friday                                Friday            30 March
            Easter Monday                             Monday             2 April
            Easter Tuesday                            Tuesday            3 April
            ANZAC Day                                 Tuesday            25 April
            Queen’s Birthday                          Monday             4 June

        Examination Dates
            School Examination Dates:
                                                           12 September - 19 September
            NZQA Examination Dates:
            •   NZ Scholarship                              7 November – 30 November
            •   NCEA                                        7 November – 30 November

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We are here to help!
If you have any concerns about NCEA / NZ Scholarship you may talk to:
 • your subject teacher
 • your Dean

All teachers want you to be given the best opportunities to demonstrate you can
meet the standard required for your qualification in a fair and equitable manner.

                        Achieving Excellence in the NCEA
It is essential that each of our learners aim for the highest results they are
capable of. For some learners this will mean gaining mostly Achieved results. It
is also possible for students to achieve other National Certificates most of which
are for Unit Standard courses. Interested students should discuss this with Mrs
Lofton-Brook or Mr Lander in the Careers Centre.

Other learners should be aiming for high grade averages in each subject by
gaining as many merits and excellences as they possibly can. These students can
also aim to gain higher credit totals. Even though this will be additional to their
NCEA requirements such results can be shown to prospective tertiary
institutions and / or employers as a mark of academic excellence.

            Recognising High Achievement: Endorsements
NCEA can be ‘endorsed’ to reflect high achievement in a significant number of
standards. There are two types of endorsement: Certificate Endorsement, and
Course Endorsement which was introduced in 2011.

Certificate Endorsement: If you gain 50 credits at Excellence your NCEA will be
endorsed with Excellence. If you gain 50 credits at Merit (or a mix of Merit and
Excellence) your NCEA will be endorsed with Merit.

Course Endorsement: If in a single year you gain 14 or more credits at Merit
and/or Excellence for a course, you will gain endorsement in that course. This
was new for all NCEA levels in 2011. At least 3 credits must be from externally
assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards in that
course. (Note: this condition does not apply to Physical Education, Religious
Studies or level 3 Visual Arts).

It’s really worth striving to get Merit or Excellence grades to get this extra
recognition of your abilities. Employers and tertiary institutions now consider
how well you have achieved, rather than just the number of credits.

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Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements
The literacy and numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 1 are:
Literacy requirement
Minimum of 10 credits through either:
    • Specified assessment standards - specified achievement standards
       available through a range of subjects and English for Academic Purposes
       unit standards (minimum total of 10 credits)
    or
    • Unit standards - package of three literacy unit standards (total of 10
       credits - all three required).
Numeracy requirement
Minimum of 10 credits through either:
  • Achievement standards - specified achievement standards available
     through a range of subjects - (minimum total of 10 credits), or
  • Unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (total of 10
     credits - all three required).

           Literacy and Numeracy Achievement Standards
A wide range of achievement standards have been identified as eligible to meet
the requirements.

The standards have been selected using the following definitions:

Literacy to meet the demands of the New Zealand Curriculum at Level 6. These
standards provide the scope for students to demonstrate reading, writing,
speaking and listening skills.

Numeracy to meet the demands of the New Zealand Curriculum at Level 6. These
standards provide the scope for students to demonstrate number, measurement
and statistical skills.

For lists of the registered numbers and titles for the specified achievement
standards see Literacy and Numeracy Achievement Standards on the NZQA
website or use the link above.

                   Literacy and Numeracy Unit Standards
These standards have been designed to be used in schools, tertiary and
workplace programmes and support the principle of embedded literacy and
numeracy.

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The standards have been designed using the following definitions:

Literacy is the written and oral language people use in their everyday life and
work. It includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Skills in this area are
essential for good communication, active participation, critical thinking and
problem solving.

Numeracy is the bridge between mathematics and daily life. It includes the
knowledge and skills needed to apply mathematics to everyday family and
financial matters, work and community tasks.

                Literacy and Numeracy using te reo Māori
Except for standards that specifically require the use of a specified language,
students can be assessed against all standards using te reo Māori or English as
their language of use.

The new achievement standards developed for te reo Māori are eligible to count
to the literacy requirement for NCEA Level 1.

        Level 4 English for Academic Purposes Unit Standards
Two of the NZQF Level 4 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) unit standards
(formerly ESOL) have been identified as meeting the new literacy requirement.
These are:

    •    Standard 22750: five credits in writing
    •    Standard 22751: five credits in reading

There is no requirement to achieve both reading and writing through the EAP
standards. It is possible to achieve the five reading credits through
achievement standards and the five writing credits through the EAP standards
or vice versa.

        Reporting achievement of the Literacy and Numeracy
                          requirement
The reports showing that students have achieved their literacy and their
numeracy requirement will indicate how they were achieved, that is through
achievement standards at level 6 of the curriculum or through the purpose-built
literacy and numeracy unit standards.

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On the School Results Summary and the Results Notice a statement will say
either:

    •   'Literacy requirement met by achievement standards'; or
    •   'Literacy requirement met by unit standards'; or
    •   'Numeracy requirement met by achievement standards'; or
    •   'Numeracy requirement met by unit standards'

If a student has met the requirements through both the unit and achievement
standards methods, the statement will show that the requirement was met by
achievement standards.

                                Reassessment Sessions
Supervised opportunities are available to students once a week during the year
for reassessment of standards they have not been successful at the first time or
in which they are trying to improve their grade. All reassessment opportunities
are coordinated by the Reassessment Supervisor.
Check with your classroom teacher for times.

(See page 20 for Further Assessment Opportunities)

                                 Subject Credit Records
There are many electronic subject credit tracking tools available to students.

One of these tools is the NCEA App which can be found at :
http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-
standards/qualifications/ncea/understanding-ncea/mobile-app/

This will enable them to know how close they are to gaining their NCEA at a
particular level.

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School Assessment Procedures and Guidelines

                          Course Outline and Assessment Information

Course Information is             In February each student will be emailed (to their school
distributed in February           email address) the departmental procedures and
for each subject to               assessment information. These include:
inform students of
course and assessment                a. A course outline including an Assessment
requirements.                            Schedule detailing the timing of assessments.
                                     b. The department assessment procedures details
                                         for
                                        [i] extensions / alternative assessment date
                                       [ii] appeals
                                       [iii] authenticity
                                       [iv] opportunities for gathering further evidence
                                             of achievement including further formal
                                             assessment opportunities (if available).
                                     c. A student record sheet to track achievement
                                         throughout the year.

NOTE: The forms for extensions / alternative assessment date, appeals and authenticity
are available from your subject teacher, HOD, the Principal’s Nominee or on W Drive in
the NCEA folder.
                    Extensions / Alternative Assessment Date
 Medical Certificates    If a student misses any internal assessment task through
                         illness (or is away longer than 3 days) a Medical
                         Certificate is required.

                                  The Medical Certificate is to be given immediately to
                                  your Dean, on the student’s return to school.

 Except for                       Except for circumstances clearly beyond your control
 circumstances clearly            late work will not be assessed for NCEA purposes.
 beyond your control              Assignments received after the due date will receive a
 late work will not be            Not Achieved.
 assessed for NCEA                You are expected to attend class regularly to ensure
 purposes                         educational progress. Appointments (e.g. orthodontist
                                  and doctor) should not be made during times when
                                  assessments are to be handed in, or when there is a test
                                  or practical assessment.

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In exceptional circumstances (e.g. acute illness,
 In exceptional                   bereavement, national representation…) an extension
 circumstances an                 to the due date may be granted by the subject HOD (not
 extension may be                 teacher).
 granted by the HOD               When an absence is known beforehand affecting an
                                  assessment, approval for an extension must be sought
                                  before the due date in writing using the form
                                  Application for Assessment Extension / Alternative
                                  Assessment Date with a full explanation.

                                  In the case of acute illness, bereavement, national
                                  representation etc. the subject teacher should be
                                  notified. Supporting evidence (e.g. Medical Certificate,
                                  other documentation) will be required.

                                  Students are reminded that the “due date” is the last
                                  date on which work can be submitted for marking. If a
                                  student knows she will be absent on the due date she
                                  should hand her work in before the due date.

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Appeals
 You have the right to             It is important:
 lodge an appeal if you            (a) that students gain due credit for the work they do
 believe that you have             (b) that they are treated fairly
 been unfairly
 disadvantaged in the              Therefore, students must have some redress if they are
 assessing or recording            unhappy with a grade awarded.
 of work completed for
                                   Grounds for appeal include:
 NCEA.
                                   ▪ a mistake made by the marker
                                   ▪ unfairness in the way grades were awarded
                                   ▪ incorrect recording or transfer of results
                                   ▪ failure to be given a further assessment opportunity
                                      where the department indicated one would be
                                      available
                                   ▪ any other reason for complaint

                                   The main principle that will be considered is fairness
                                   toward all students.
                                  Appeal Process for Internal Assessments
                          Student considers grade unfair, unjustified
Step 1       Within 2 days of receiving the assessment back, fill in an
             Appeal Application form and discuss with the teacher
             if NOT RESOLVED
Step 2       Write further details on your Appeal Application form and discuss
             with the Head of Department (or if the HOD is the teacher
             concerned, another teacher which the HOD nominates).
             The second teacher will reassess the work in question. (A parent/
             guardian letter to the HOD may be submitted but is not required.)
             if NOT RESOLVED
Step 3       Add to the Appeal form - hand to The Principal’s Nominee
             who will, in consultation with all parties, investigate fully and let
             you know the decision in writing on the Appeal form.
The matter will not usually go further than the Principal’s Nominee and
Academic Deputy Principal, although parents may ultimately approach the
Principal if they wish.
For their own protection students need to keep a record of their marks and
ensure they sight and sign for grades allocated.
                 Students have the right to appeal any assessment-related decision.

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Authenticity

   Cheating is considered         This is about guaranteeing that the work you present for
   an extremely serious           NCEA assessment is your own.
   offence…
                                  For many assessments it is appropriate to learn at home
                                  and gain information from a variety of sources. This must
                                  however be suitably acknowledged. You must NEVER
                                  claim that work is your own if this is untrue or fail to
                                  acknowledge the source if it is not your own.

                                  It is vital that you are very clear how much outside help
                                  you are allowed for any assessment work. CHECK WITH
                                  YOUR TEACHER FIRST.

                                  Teachers will use a number of different practices to
                                  reassure themselves that the work you submit is
                                  legitimate and your own.

                                  Use the NPGHS Assessment Authenticity Statement form
                                  to guarantee that the work is your own.

   The penalties for              Cases of suspected cheating will be thoroughly
   cheating – or helping          investigated. If the cheating is confirmed:
   someone else cheat –
   are very severe…               ▪ a Not Achieved will be awarded
                                  ▪ you will receive a formal warning and further sanctions
                                    may be applied
                                  ▪ if it is an external standard - NZQA may bar you from
                                    entering any other qualifications.

                                  Similarly, if you help another student cheat, such as by
                                  deliberately allowing them to copy work you produced,
                                  this will result in the same procedures being applied to
                                  you. In other words, the case will be considered as if you
                                  had cheated yourself.

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Evidence of Achievement

     Other opportunities to          Methods of providing further evidence may include:
     provide evidence of               • making corrections
     achievement in a                  • resubmitting work after feedback prior to the
     standard will also be                final version being submitted
     offered                           • portfolio submission
                                       • parallel tasks
                                       • diaries / logbook evidence
                                       • accumulating evidence observations
                                       • conferencing

                            Further Formal Assessment Opportunities

     Students may be given           Where it is practical and manageable students at
     one further formal              NPGHS may be given one further formal assessment
     assessment opportunity          opportunity for an Achievement or Unit Standard.
     for Achievement
     Standards only where it is      It is not compulsory for a further assessment
     practicable and                 opportunity to be offered.
     manageable
                                     Teachers will inform you which of the internal
                                     standards have a further assessment opportunity and
                                     which may not.

                                     When further formal assessment opportunities exist,
                                     all students who did not achieve the standard the
                                     first time will be required to re-attempt it after
                                     evidence of further learning has occurred. For
                                     students who did achieve the first time it is up to the
                                     student (and their family) as to whether to aim for
                                     merit or excellence the second time, (they are not
                                     required to have a second attempt).

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Frequently Asked Questions
Extensions

                “My parents are taking me to Australia with them during the holidays, but
                they want to leave three days before the school term ends because air
                tickets are cheaper. What should I do?”

       A        Bring a note from home for your Dean well ahead of the trip. Talk to each
                of your teachers to see if there are any tests or assessments that will be due
                during the time you will be in Australia. If any assessments are due, they will
                need to be handed in before you go. Late work will be awarded a Not
                Achieved grade. You may, however, negotiate a withdrawal from an
                internal standard if you will not be present for the teaching of that standard.

                “If I hand my assignment in late, how many grades or credits do I get
                penalised?”

       A        If you do not have a legitimate reason for lateness your assessment will be
                awarded a Not Achieved grade as you have had the opportunity to submit
                the work. For legitimate lateness (e.g. illness with a Medical Certificate) no
                grades or credits will be deducted.

                “What happens if I ‘wag’ a test because I needed more time to study?”

       A        Not Achieved will be awarded for the assessment and you will not be given
                a chance to re-sit the assessment other than the school’s standard re-
                assessment opportunity. (It is the same penalty if you ‘wag’ school to finish
                an assignment – if it is late then the work is not assessed).

                “If I get really ‘bogged down’ with work because I travelled to a family
                funeral in Hamilton, and I can’t make a good job of my research assignment
                and finish it on time. What should I do?”

       A        You must apply for an extension several days before the assessment is due.
                Your application must be signed by a parent/caregiver, and evidence
                provided.

                “My assessment is due to be handed in today, but I am really sick and can’t
                make it to school. What should I do?”

       A        2. Get a parent/caregiver to ring the school to inform us that you are
                   absent.

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3. If it is possible, get a friend or family member to hand in your assignment
                   to your classroom teacher. If this can’t be arranged, hand your
                   assignment in the day you get back to school, along with a note from
                   your parent/caregiver and a Medical Certificate.

               “What do I do if I have a test/field trip/speech/in-class assessment hour (say
               1 of 4 allocated) to do today, but I am too unwell to attend school?”

       A       1. Get a parent/caregiver to ring the school to inform us that you are
                  absent.
               2. On your first day back to school, bring a note signed by your
                  parent/caregiver with a Medical Certificate.
               3. Your teacher will let you know if and when you are able to redo the
                  assessment. In some cases, it may not be possible to redo the
                  assessment. If it is possible your teacher will provide the necessary
                  details.

               “What do I do if I have an inter-school sports trip on the day an assessment
               is due?”

       A       You must hand in your work before the trip. However, usually assessment
               dates will be set so as not to coincide with other school-based activities.

               “What do I do if I had to work late in the days before the assignment is due
               – can I get an extension?”

       A       This will not be a reason for an extension. Either the assignment is handed
               in on the due date or Not Achieved is awarded.

               “I had three assignments due in the same week – surely I can get an extension
               for one of them?”

       A       Sorry, but it is unlikely an extension will be granted. Teachers will try and
               set dates to minimise overlap, but depending on what subjects you do this
               is not always possible.

               If exceptional circumstances exist an extension should be applied for before
               the due date to the HOD. You will need to get an Application for Assessment
               Extension / Alternative Assessment Date Form from your teacher.

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Appeals

             “My work is heaps better than my friend but she got a higher grade than me.
             Can I appeal?”

    A        Disagreement with a grade is not usually enough to base an appeal on. You
             must have clear grounds to indicate that you have been unfairly
             disadvantaged over other students. Students, however, have the right to
             appeal any assessment-related decision.

Authenticity

             “Janine’s research assignment is great because her older sister helped her
             with it. I copied parts that I thought were really good to help me gain a
             higher grade. Am I in trouble?”

    A        Yes! Work submitted for assessment must be your own work and your
             teachers need to be able to verify this. Both you and Janine would be
             awarded a Not Achieved grade for your assessments, because the work is
             not entirely your own.

Further Assessment Opportunities

             “The first time I did this Achievement Standard I got a Merit grade. The
             second time I did it I only got Achieved. Which grade counts?”

    A        In virtually all cases it is the latest grade that will count. Always check.

             “I got achieved the first time I did this Achievement Standard. I don’t want
             to do this again. Do I have to?”

    A        In virtually all cases the answer is no. It is up to you and your family as to
             whether you wish to attempt a higher grade or not. This is however for the
             assessment activity only NOT for course work related to assessments. The
             exception to this is some subject areas, such as History, where you must
             complete an Achievement Standard twice to gain Achieved.

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National Secondary Examinations Timetable
               The NCEA (levels 1-3) and New Zealand Scholarship examination sessions are all three hours.
                                  The exam sessions all start at either 9.30 am or 2 pm.

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New Plymouth Girls' High School

                                           APPEAL APPLICATION FORM - 2018
   Fill in the top section and hand in to your teacher/HOD within 2 days of getting your assessment back.

   Student Name:                                                                   Tutor Group:

   Subject:                                                                        Class Teacher:

   Assessment Activity:                                                            Standard Number:

   Grade awarded:                                     Date assessment returned to student:

   Reason for appeal:
      ▪ I have discussed my grade with my subject teacher in the first instance.

       ▪     I would like the HOD to reconsider my grade. My reasons for this request are:
           (please explain, using an extra sheet if needed)

       ▪     I would like the Principal’s Nominee to reconsider my grade. My reasons for this are:
            (please explain, using an extra sheet if needed)

   HOD's Decision:

       ▪     The grade awarded has been changed to ______________________

       ▪     The grade awarded by the teacher stands

   Signed: ____________________________________ (HOD)                       Date: ___________________

   Principal’s Nominee’s Decision/Comment:

       ▪     The grade awarded has been changed to ______________________

       ▪     The grade awarded by the teacher stands

   Signed: ____________________________________ (PN)                        Date: __________________

   The reason for this decision has been explained to me and I accept the decision.

   Signed: __________________________________________________ (student)

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New Plymouth Girls' High School
                                            ASSESSMENT AUTHENTICITY FORM
                                                        2018
   Student Name:                                                Tutor Group:

   Subject & Level:                                             Class Teacher:

     I understand that if I submit work in this subject at any time during the year that is
     not entirely my own:
        • I will automatically receive a Not Achieved
        • my parents will be informed
        • a second serious breach of the Authenticity Procedures will result in disciplinary
          action.

     I understand that all books, internet sites and people who have in any way assisted
     me must be named in the bibliography attached to my work.

     I understand that copying chunks of work from books or internet sites without
     clearly identifying the passage and naming the author of it, as outlined by my
     teacher, is plagiarism and as such will be regarded as cheating.

     I understand that I must meet milestones for each standard as this will be used to
     ensure my work is on track and also that it is my own work.

     In Portfolio subjects and standards I understand that my teacher must sign off each
     milestone, as milestones are on-going evidence of authenticity. Failure to have
     milestones signed off means the school cannot verify the work as my own therefore
     it will note be submitted to NZQA.

Signature of student: ______________________________

Date:                      ________________________________

 This Authenticity Form is to be filed by the teacher in an easily accessible place for the
                                     duration of 2018.

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QUALIFICATION RESULT QUERIES – 2018

     Name: _______________________________Date: ___________________________
     (Full legal name)

     NSN: ________________________________ Your email:______________________

     Cell phone no.: _______________________ Home phone:____________________

     What year were you in 2018?                                                          Yr11 /Yr12 /Yr13

     Are you returning to school in 2018?                                         Yes / No

     Is your gaining University Entrance dependant on the outcome of this query?
     (If so fill in details at bottom of page).                       Yes / No

     Is your query about External or Internal Results?                            Ext / Int
     (If your query is related to External Results – you should contact NZQA directly).

     All internal results queries must have a photocopy of your Annual Results Notice attached – do not submit
     this form without including your results.

           For Internal Result queries:                                        For Grade errors – changes must be
                                                                               signed & verified by your 2010 Subject
                                                                               Teacher or HOD
           Subject(s)         Registration         What is your                Grade           Correct       Grade
           (Domain)           Number(s)            query?                      on              Grade         Verified
                                                                               Result                        by
                                                                               Notice                        Teacher
                                                                                                             /HOD

                If the outcome of this query is required urgently for University Entrance state:
                Name of your 2018 University
                Course you will be undertaking
                Name of contact person at University (if known)
                Email of contact person at University (if known)
                Phone No. of contact person at University (if known)
                If you are short on the credits required to gain UE – what do
                you think you need to complete UE (i.e. 3 Chemistry credits)?
                Have you contacted the HOD of the Department concerned                     Y/N
                yet?

     Other Queries:________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________
     _____________________________________________________________________

     If emailing this form – forward to Mrs Bradburn sbradburn@npghs.school.nz

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