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Feedback from the public last year is at the heart of the changes to NCEA, and we are confident that each of them is well-supported by what we heard about people’s experiences with NCEA.

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The changes are all aligned with the review’s five principles of a quality qualification – wellbeing, credibility, coherence, equity and inclusion, and pathways.

The changes to NCEA will:

  • make it more robust, consistent, inclusive and accessible for students of all abilities and backgrounds
  • improve the value of the qualification both in New Zealand and overseas
  • place equal value on Mātauranga Māori, te ao Māori and te reo Māori
  • reduce the volume of assessment and give teachers and students more time for learning across the full curriculum
  • lead to a better senior secondary education for all our young people
  • make it simpler and easier for everyone to understand
  • lift the status of vocational education
  • strengthen literacy and numeracy
  • provide students with clearer pathways to further study and employment
  • reduce stress and anxiety for students and their whānau
  • help students and their whānau make better and more informed choices about their study
  • remove financial barriers.

Students at the December CoLab

Read the NCEA Change Package Overview 2019 for more detail about the changes, the journey we took with New Zealand to get to them, and what an NCEA programme could look like.

Read more about each change to NCEA

  1. Make NCEA more accessible
  2. Mana ōrite mo te mātauranga Māori
  3. Strengthen literacy and numeracy requirements
  4. Have fewer, larger standards
  5. Simplify NCEA’s structure
  6. Show clearer pathways to further education and employment
  7. Keep NCEA Level 1 as an optional level