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Consultation outcome: Moderation and verification of centre assessment judgements

Ofqual

September 19
14:00 2019

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Detail of outcome

Proposal Decision
Amend our definition of Moderation and provide a new definition for the term verification We have decided to modify our definition of Moderation and to remove references to verification. In place of defining verification, we will instead require awarding organisations to put in place a Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny process, of which Moderation will be one distinct form.
Set minimum requirements that an awarding organisations verification process must meet We have decided to set minimum requirements that an awarding organisations Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny process must meet. These will be similar to those which we had proposed would apply for verification, but we will amend these to make them less prescriptive, and reduce their potential burden. In particular, we have decided not to specify a minimum number of centre visits per year, and to require awarding organisations instead to determine the most effective controls for the qualifications it is offering in the centres that deliver them as part of their Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny.
Require awarding organisations to meet these requirements by January 2021 We have decided that as it may be possible to meet some aspects of these requirements more quickly than others, we will allow awarding organisations to phase their introduction. We will require all requirements to be met in full no later than September 2021, but would expect an awarding organisation than can implement them in part, or in full before this, to do so.
Require that all centre assessment judgements are subject either to Moderation, or to another form of Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny We will require that all centre assessments are subject to a form of Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny, of which Moderation will be one specific form.
Require that centre assessment judgements in certain qualifications must always be subject to Moderation We will require Moderation of centre assessments in certain qualifications and are consulting on what these should be as part of our technical consultation.
Require that for all other qualifications where centres make assessment judgements, Moderation should be the starting point and allow for verification where an awarding organisation can justify why moderation cannot be implemented for a qualification We will expect awarding organisations to consider whether Moderation, or another form of Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny provide the most effective controls to ensure standards for the qualification, in the centres delivering it.
Where verification is used, to provide guidance on the circumstances in which an enhanced verification approach should be considered We will expect an awarding organisation to use a risk-based approach to determining when, and how, it will be appropriate to go beyond our minimum requirements as part of its Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny.
To require all awarding organisations to have in place a centre-assurance strategy, explaining its approach and rationale for its moderation or verification controls We will require an awarding organisation to explain its approach, and the rationale for it in a Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny strategy.
Set requirements that an awarding organisations centre-assurance strategy must meet We will set requirements that an awarding organisations Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny strategy must meet.
Put in place guidance about the actions an awarding organisation should take where it discovers through its verification process, that a learner has been issued with an incorrect result We will require an awarding organisation to take account of our guidance when deciding whether to correct an incorrect result that has been issued, which it identifies through its Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny process.
Allow awarding organisations to revoke certificates that have been issued in reliance of an incorrect result Where an awarding organisations decision to correct an incorrect result leads to a need to revoke a certificate that has been issued in reliance on that result, we will allow for revocation of these certificates.

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