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Last year, we asked all New Zealanders to share their views and experiences of NCEA – the challenges, the successes, what they like, and what we can do better. We wanted to make sure that everyone’s voice has been heard.

The feedback we received from across the country was phenomenal.

With New Zealand’s help, we identified areas where NCEA could be strengthened. We also heard a diverse range of ideas about how we could do this, and what a more robust and cohesive NCEA might look like.

As well as opportunities for change, many positive aspects of NCEA were also highlighted - its recognition of many types of achievement, for example.

What's happening this year?

This year, the Ministerial and Professional Advisory Groups and the Ministry of Education have been testing some of the ideas against what teachers, principals and others tell us works on the ground. We’ve also been looking at data and evidence about what a high-performing assessment system needs to look like for New Zealand.

The NCEA Review continues this year with public consultation on a proposed change package for NCEA, pending Cabinet approval. We will be asking people what would be required to successfully implement the changes, and how we should design the detail of the changes to make them work in practice.

Tell us what you think - have your say on NCEA

All New Zealanders will have the opportunity to feedback in many different ways – through online surveys, workshops, hui and fono, focus groups and even through social media #NCEAReview.

We will be working with schools and kura, tertiary providers and other educator groups before, during and after the consultation to prepare and support them for the delivery of change.

This support could include workshops, information, tools and resources about the changes, and information about what to expect from 2020 onwards.

We are making a real effort to bring together many people to help design the future of NCEA. That includes principals, teachers, parents, employers, children and young people, iwi, Māori, Pacific people, Asian New Zealanders, and the LGBTQIA+ community, along with people with disabilities and learning support needs.

Review of achievement standards

The Ministry of Education is also responsible for reviewing the NCEA achievement standards that assess outcomes from the National Curriculum. This review was due to start this year, however because it’s likely to play an important role in implementing some of the changes that come out of the NCEA Review, it will now start in 2020. We will use this year to prepare and plan for the achievement standards review, and will be engaging with key stakeholders to keep them informed throughout the year.