Jesse Watts

Academic Results Moderation in the US

Discussion created by Jesse Watts on Oct 3, 2018
Latest reply on Oct 5, 2018 by Rob Peregoodoff

Hello Canvassers!

I'm working with Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and I'm reaching out in the hope of having a discussion with some American higher education institutions about academic results moderation. 

From what I can gather, there's no official requirement for an Academic moderation process in the US. 

For the curious out there, Australian/NZ and United Kingdom Universities use results moderation to;

-Provide system wide comparability of grades and scores derived from college-based assessment
-Form the basis for valid and reliable assessment in senior secondary colleges
-Maintain the quality of college-based assessment and the credibility, validity and acceptability of Board certificates.

It's also used to identify students on the thresholds of certain grades (i.e <1 mark between a passing and failing grade) and evaluate the submitted work and assessable material done by the student for the unit, to ensure that their pass or fail mark is warranted. 

I was hoping someone out there might be able to have a chat with me over Skype or Email to discuss the practice. Do any Universities in the US have similar processes internally, or perhaps used under a different name?

Please feel free to chat to me here or on Skype/Email at - or let me know if there's a certain person within your institution I could reach out to with questions.