Moderation ensures that phase allocations are comparable across classes and schools.
Through moderation, teachers have the opportunity to:
Refer to Information Sheet 22 for more information on moderation.
School-based moderation can be conducted at any time after all validation activities have been completed, up to and including the pupil-free day at the commencement of Term 3.
The Year 2 Diagnostic Net moderation process involves all teachers of Years 1, 2 and 3 and may occur as part of in-school activities. Small schools (with fewer than four teachers of Years 1, 2 and 3) will need to combine with other small schools or with a larger school to facilitate the process. Larger schools may also join with other schools for the moderation process if they wish.
The key teacher, itinerant key teacher or an administrator should be appointed as the process facilitator. The process facilitator arranges the time, venue and group composition for moderation. Groups should consist of four to six participants and may comprise teachers from a single year level or across year levels.
It is the principal's responsibility to ensure that all Years 1, 2 and 3 teachers attend moderation adequately prepared.
Refer to Information Sheet 22 for a full explanation of how to conduct moderation. A set of overhead transparencies, a Group Leader Summary Sheet and a Process Facilitator Summary Sheet are included with Information Sheet 22.
The following list of moderation materials is extracted from Information Sheet 22.
Teachers of Years 1 and 3 need to select:
Teachers of Year 2 need to select:
Teachers of multi-age classes need to select:
All teachers will need to assemble a set of moderation materials for each of the students selected.
A set of moderation materials consists of:
It is recommended that teachers provide sufficient evidence to support their judgments. The quality of assessment items and the degree of analysis included is important. Supporting assessment evidence could include at least one of the following from each focus area.
Each school with Year 2 students is to participate in a regional Moderation process. The school representative is usually the Key Teacher. Regional moderation is organised by the Principal Education Officer (Performance Measurement) or nominee in consultation with the Manager, Education Services. This includes notifying schools on the range of issues such as dates, venue, what to bring to regional moderation etc. Regional moderation is usually timed to occur within the first three weeks of Term 3. (Specific dates are notified annually).
School Year 2 Diagnostic Net reports should not be completed and distributed to parents until after regional moderation in case the moderation process leads to an adjustment of the ratings provided by teachers on individual student's levels of development. If Year 2 Diagnostic Net reports are released prior to moderation then parents will need to be notified of any phase changes that occur as a result of moderation.
For more details, see Memorandums.