as many of you will know, high school exams have been on for the last couple of weeks, with our teens going through the ritual torture that measures their learning over the year.
talking to a teacher in the last couple of days, i found out that (at least) one exam paper had some serious flaws. this was not something that was noticed by only one teacher, but by many. but it appears that NZQA has shut down the formal complaints process for teachers to raise issues about NCEA exams. there is now no mechanism to address major errors in exam papers.
i don't think exams are a particularly good way to assess learning, but an exam paper that has significant errors is not any kind of way to assess learning. surely there should be some way to deal with such a situation, instead of just letting students suffer because of poor work by someone else.
i'd be interested in hearing from other teachers if this is the case. a quick check of the website gives this diagram about the exam setting process, which stops at the "publish & distribute" stage.
this report on radio nz (morning report 1/12/10, 8.48am) states that NCEA exams have been problem-free this year. well that's hardly surprising, if there is no way to lodge a formal complaint!