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The Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) will be the key means to implement the NCEA Change Programme.

More than 1000 new NCEA standards will be developed by the Ministry together with about 400 practising teachers, academics and representatives from the tertiary and industry sectors and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

In preparation for the work in rebuilding NCEA standards and resources across all subjects, the Ministry is developing new NCEA Level 1 standards for four subjects – English, Science, Religious Studies and Visual Arts – through a Trial and Pilots process. Draft NCEA Level 1 English, Science, Religious Studies and Visual Arts teaching and assessment resources were released for public feedback from 10 December 2019 to 2 March 2020.

More than 1200 people submitted feedback on the draft Level 1 resources for those four subjects. The majority of feedback was on Science (around 700) and English (360).

Read the summaries of the feedback for each of the Pilot subjects:

The Subject Expert Groups (SEGs) - comprised of practising teachers, academics and representatives from the tertiary and industry sectors - for English, Religious Studies and Visual Arts updated the draft teaching and assessment resources based on the feedback received.

However, in light of the robust feedback on the proposal to have a single Science subject at Level 1, the Ministry has put on hold further development work on draft teaching, learning and assessment resources and achievement standards for Level 1 Science until all NCEA Level 1 subjects are finalised. This will enable the Ministry to receive feedback on the options for Level 1 Science and provide the SEG with clear guidance on which other subjects will be available within the Science Learning Area at NCEA Level 1 before resuming development work.

This page was last updated on 20 May 2020.