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Equipment, infrastructure, and hardware
A tertiary education organisation (TEO) that receives Student Achievement Component (SAC) funding for provision at levels 1 and 2 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), competitive allocation (for this website page, referred to as SAC(C)) is required to provide the necessary equipment, infrastructure, and hardware required to deliver its courses.
“Equipment, infrastructure, and hardware” are items that can be used by successive intakes of students. They do not include personal items that are provided for individual students' use that the TEO does not retain for the next intake of students.
A TEO must not charge for equipment, infrastructure, and hardware by including in the costs any fee, compulsory course cost, or compulsory student service fee, charged to a student. It also must not require a student to meet the costs through the "course-related costs" component of the Student Loan Scheme as a condition of the student's enrolment. See Condition SACC014.
However, in considering what equipment should be provided, a TEO should also consider the information about inducements, in Condition SACC018.
In order to best support foundation-level students, SAC(C)-funded provision must involve synchronous learning (i.e. the student must have substantial real-time contact with a tutor). Condition SACC006 states that a programme of study or learning must involve synchronous learning (delivered in real-time to the student) and must not be delivered extramurally.
Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool
TEOs that deliver SAC(C)-funded provision must use the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (the Assessment Tool) to assess its students. See Programme eligibility and Condition SACC006.
The Assessment Tool is a predominately online, adaptive tool that provides robust and reliable information on the reading, writing, and numeracy skills of adults.
The Assessment Tool provides:
- reading, writing, vocabulary, listening, speaking, and numeracy assessments linked to the learning progressions
- adaptive (and non-adaptive) assessment questions, using contexts which adults and young people may encounter in New Zealand
- reporting for students, TEOs, and the TEC.
TEOs must use the Assessment Tool to identify the literacy and numeracy needs of each student, and measure each student’s progress. See Condition SACC007.
TEOs that are new to using the Assessment Tool can find out more about what they need to do to prepare to use the Assessment Tool from the 'Assessment Tool Support' tab at www.literacyandnumeracyforadults.com.
For qualifications in English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL), TEOs must use the online “Starting Points” options to assess the student’s needs and assess progress. See Condition SACC007.
TEOs can also use the “Step Two Threshold Assessment for Reading” (STA) to assess students with very low reading skills. Students who were ‘Below Threshold’ in initial STA reading assessment may be re-assessed using Starting Points, a vocabulary assessment, or a STA reading assessment. More information about how to use this assessment is contained in the TEC’s guidelines for using the Assessment Tool (PDF, 414 Kb) and Step 2 Threshold (PDF, 356 Kb).
TEOs are not required to use the Assessment Tool for qualifications in Te Reo Māori.
The TEO must not subcontract delivery of any SAC(C)-funded activity. See Condition SACC023.
Subcontracting refers to a situation in which a TEO uses SAC(C) funding to pay another organisation to deliver teaching or assessment on its behalf. This excludes:
- teaching and learning activities contracted to individuals or organisations that are not TEOs (for example, an employee on a fixed-term contract, an honorary staff member, or a contract for teaching and learning services with a subject-matter expert for part of the programme)
- learning that occurs within vocational placements such a workplace placement or practicum.
TEOs can contact us to discuss any proposed contracting arrangements to determine whether or not these would be considered subcontracting.
There are additional requirements for TEOs delivering SAC(C) provision to groups or prisoners in prisons of correctional facilities.
To establish a prison or correctional facility as a delivery site, TEOs need to contact NZQA to have these established as “temporary” delivery sites for the TEO.