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NZQA Relies On Self-Assessment

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Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - The Government agency which measures the quality of education in New Zealand says it is increasingly relying on tertiary institutions to "own" quality.

"That's been called self-assessment," said New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) chief executive Karen Poutasi.

"Over the past two years we've been working with a more modern, fruitful approach to quality assurance...something that's been recognised internationally as more effective," she told Parliament's select committee on education.

"We've had a more audit-based approach in the past."

Now the question was what evidence schools were using to base their self-assessment.

NZQA was working closely with the Tertiary Education Commission and the Education Ministry, and was rolling out the process in schools.

The NZQA deputy chief executive in charge of quality assurance, Tim Fowler, told the committee lead evaluators running the external evaluations will go into wananga and other polytechnics or private training establishments once every four years.

About 180 external evaluations will be done annually -- in a similar way to how the Education Review Office dealt with primary and secondary schools.

"They are effectively going in and looking at the outcomes the institution themselves say they are trying to achieve," he said.

They would make judgements about capability in self-assessment and outcomes at the institutions, and report whether they were highly-competent, competent, not yet competent, or not competent.

"Those reports are public, unlike the audit process in the past," he said.

A trial of the new quality assurance system response to trial checked eight organisations in 2008.

Mr Fowler said New Zealand work on the national qualifications framework had attracted interest from education systems in other parts of the world.

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