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Literacy and Numeracy


As part of the NCEA Change Package, new Unit Standards are being developed to assess foundational literacy and numeracy. Draft Te Reo Matatini me Pāngarau (Literacy and Numeracy) standards have just been released for public feedback.

Te Reo Matatini me Pāngarau - questionnaire reo Māori

Te Reo Matatini me Pāngarau - questionnaire reo Pākehā


The package of Literacy and Numeracy standards will be worth 20 credits in total and be externally assessed. From 2023, learners will be required to meet the standards to attain NCEA at any level. The standards will assess foundational literacy and numeracy. This is at approximately Level 4/5 of the Curriculum where students have control over Level 4 and are ready to work at Level 5. The new co-requisite aims to ensure that young people have the foundational skills they need to be successful in further learning, life and work.

Expert Writing Groups and Expert Feedback Groups have been established to develop the standards and supporting resources for the new NCEA literacy and numeracy requirements in English-medium and Māori-medium contexts.

Schools can start preparing for the change now by considering how to support learners’ progress towards Curriculum Level 4/5 literacy and numeracy. Initial teaching, learning and assessment guidance for the Literacy and Numeracy standards are being developed in 2021, with a pilot of the draft standards in selected settings planned in Terms 3 and 4 of the 2021 school year.

Resources to support the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy will continue to be developed to ensure schools and teachers are ready for the mandatory introduction of the new standards in 2023.


Draft Te Reo Matatini me Pāngarau Standards:

Te Reo Māori 

Te Tukutuku Ako Mō Te Pāngarau [PDF]

Te Paerewa Pāngarau [PDF]

Te Tukutuku Ako Mō Te Reo Matatini [PDF]

Te Paerewa Reo Matatini [PDF]

Te Reo Pākehā

Pāngarau - Learning Matrix [PDF]

Pāngarau - Achievement Standard [PDF]

Te Reo Matatini - Learning Matrix [PDF]

Te Reo Matatini - Achievement Standard [PDF]



This page was last updated on 9 February 2021