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The Review of Achievement Standards will commence in 2020 as part of the NCEA Review Change Package.

What is RAS?

The achievement standards are due to be reviewed every five years. The RAS presents an opportunity to bring the curriculum to the forefront of teaching and learning to address equity and parity issues, teacher and workload issues and to ensure that the standards are fit for purpose for today’s context and into the future.

This is also an opportunity to action the outcomes of the NCEA Review that relate to achievement standards and resources.

We will be reviewing:

  • All subject matrices
  • All achievement standards
  • All assessment resources, teaching and learning guides, and exemplars

We will be expanding supports to include more assessment tasks and additional exemplars for each reviewed standard.

Who is guiding RAS?

An Achievement Standards Technical Evaluation Committee (ASTEC) has been set up to provide advice and support as the Ministry develops the underlying principles and operating framework for the RAS.

A Reference Group made up of subject association representatives and curriculum experts from across the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA) has been set up to provide advice and support to the Ministry.

Timeline for the RAS

Download this PDF to view the timeline for the Review of Achievement Standards

What’s next?

Trial phase

Between late September and early December 2019, we will be trialling the development process for achievement standards and curriculum support resources with one subject. This is a shorter version of the full process, designed to test and refine the development of a new matrix, standards, training products and templates.

Pilot phase

We have established a pilot group of three subjects to further test and refine the processes. 

Subject expert groups – trial and pilot phase

Subject expert groups have been established for the trial subject - science - and the early-start subjects – English, visual arts and religious studies. These groups commence their work on 19 September and run through to the end of April 2020.

Subject expert groups - expressions of interest

Expresssions of interest to be on a Subject Expert Group are now closed.


If you have any questions about the Review of Achievement Standards, contact the Ministry team at ras.review@education.govt.nz