Her teacher praised her art work and said she was a very talented artist with a unique style. Then she warned that NCEA assessors might not mark her work highly.
The teacher was right. The pupil who had been top of the class all year just scraped through the external assessment.
His teacher said he’d never seen a better graphics project but he failed the external assessment.
NCEA is criticised for the potential for massaging internal assessment results to make schools look good but this wasn’t the case in either of these examples.
Even allowing for a large degree of subjectivity in assessing creative endeavours this sort of discrepancy in the view of teachers and external assessors is ridiculous.
There is something wrong with a system which has such inconsistent results between internal and external assessments.