NCEA should help the wellbeing of young people and their teachers by the way it leads to exciting teaching and fair assessment. It should also recognise the place and value of different cultural perspectives such as te ao Māori and mātauranga Māori and the total diversity of New Zealanders.
Some challenges to wellbeing:
Every young person should have the chance to succeed in their learning and NCEA should help make this happen, so assessment is fair and accessible to all.
Current challenges to inclusion and equity:
We want students to be able to take courses that fit together well and are relevant to their interests and skills, so they can see clearly where their learning is taking them and they feel prepared for their next steps beyond each NCEA.
Current challenges to coherence:
NCEA should make it easy for young people, their family/whānau, and teachers to make choices about the future. It should ensure young people have lots of pathways open to them when they finish school or kura – to pursue their passions, further study, training, work or career opportunities. Young people deserve good advice and opportunities to explore a range of pathways without getting stuck.
Current challenges to pathways:
We want to make sure that your NCEA – which reflects your identity, your language, your culture and who you are – is meaningful, and well-respected by everyone. It should open doors for you when you leave school and show the world just what you are capable of.
Current challenges to credibility:
A more detailed version of the principles can be found in the Discussion Document: Background to the NCEA Review.