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 student 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:
We will be expanding supports to include more assessment tasks and additional exemplars for each reviewed standard.
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.
The Review of Achievement Standards Pilot Phase commenced on 1 October and will finish on 30 April 2020. This phase is an exciting opportunity to test the thinking and design of new NCEA learning and assessment resources, ahead of the Review in 2020. It builds on the extensive consultation and co-design we conducted with all New Zealanders with an interest in NCEA during 2018.
Four subjects have been selected to run through the process ahead of the full scale review planned to commence on 1 May 2020. Led by the Ministry, the aim is to refine the processes we will be using to develop new learning and assessment products and supporting resources for all NCEA subjects. To support us in this new and challenging work, we have formed subject expert groups (SEGs) for Science, Visual Arts, Religious Studies and English.
The results of these trials will inform the process for all subjects at NCEA Levels 1-3.
These are the members on the current SEGs.
Inglewood High School
Hobsonville Point Secondary School
Waikato University (retired)
St Bernards' College
Logan Park High School
Freyberg High School
On study leave
Tarawera High School
Southern Cross Campus
Cashmere High School
Kings High School
Elam School of Fine Arts
Hutt International Boys School
Chair of NZATE
Fraser High School
University of Canterbury
Te Aho o te Kura Pounamu
Victoria University of Wellington
Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt
Sacred Heart Girls' College, New Plymouth
St Peters College, Auckland
Catholic Institute of New Zealand
Hato Paora College
St Josephs Maori School for Girls
In October, we sought nominations for subject expert groups (SEGs) – diverse groups of experts in subjects derived from the New Zealand Curriculum, who will work with the Ministry on each subject as part of the Review of Achievement Standards.
We have received well over 1,000 expressions of interest and have been impressed with the incredibly high calibre of applicants – but we also received a range of late applicants, which has suggested to us that we haven’t yet heard from everyone who might be interested in being on these SEGs. We also want to make sure that we have the right diversity of members on the SEGs – including ethnic and cultural diversity (particularly representation for Māori and Pacific peoples), intellectual diversity, and a range of backgrounds across teaching, academia, and industry practice.
For that reason, we are re-opening applications for the SEGs.
To apply to join a SEG in Te Marautanga o Aotearaoa (TMoA), please click here.
Applications will close 31 January 2020.
If you have any questions about the Review of Achievement Standards, contact the Ministry team at email@example.com