The National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA), like all qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, are required to be reviewed every five years. The NCEA Review engagement across Aotearoa New Zealand in 2018 culminated in seven changes being identified to strengthen the qualification and outcome for young people. The Cabinet agreed in-principle with the changes and the Minister announced the NCEA Change Package in May 2019. The Minister currently intends to seek Cabinet's approval early 2020 to make these in-principle decisions final.
The Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) is a key mechanism to enable the shifts and outcomes for a number of the changes from across the NCEA Review change package, including parts of Change 1 Make NCEA more accessible, Change 2 Mana ōrite mō te mātauranga Māori, Change 4 Have fewer, larger standards and Change 7 Keep Level 1 as an optional level.
The NCEA changes and Review of Achievement Standards are a chance to re-think how students experience senior secondary education. They build on the extensive engagement and co-design we did with New Zealanders interested in NCEA during 2018. We have been designing the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) blueprint through a pilot stage where we have selected four subjects (Science (L1), Visual Arts (L1), Religious Studies and English) to run through the process ahead of the Review of Achievement Standards in 2020, to make sure that we test our assumptions and are ready for the full development process in 2020.
This pilot has two phases:
Phase 1 (ends 1 March 2020) – includes the initial development of a Learning Matrix, Assessment Matrix (and for Science, draft Achievement Standards and potential learning and assessment activities) and a Rationale document that explains them. We are now seeking comment on these early drafts.
Phase 2 (February – 24 April 2020) – user testing, incorporation of feedback and further development of these materials.
In Phase 1, the pilot has followed a process to develop the draft documents. A high-level outline of the process is below:
The Ministry worked on a curriculum refresh with curriculum experts. These teams developed draft materials including:
Next, the RAS Subject Expert Groups (SEGs) were tasked with developing draft material that meets the NCEA change package parameters. Specifically:
And for Science;
The Subject Expert Groups include a diversity of secondary teachers, Māori and Pacific people, tertiary and industry representation as appropriate, and NZQA as additional members.
The information from this feedback period will be used to inform further development of the draft materials. There will be an opportunity to comment again at a second feedback phase later in the review and tested through school trials planned for 2021. We have released this material at an early stage to get your initial feedback as to whether we’re on the right track.
The feedback needs to focus on the identified significant learning and proposed aligned assessment. We also want to know if the content, structure, and format of this material is clear.
For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You need to respond by 5.00pm 1 March, 2020.