2021 Pilot

Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau | Literacy and Numeracy 2021 pilot

In Terms 3 and 4 of the 2021 school year, we will be piloting the draft Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau | Literacy and Numeracy standards with a diverse range of learners in 13 secondary schools, five kura and two tertiary providers across Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Through the 2021 pilot, we aim to: 

  • refine and improve the standards so that they are clear and at the right level
  • refine the assessment so that it is equitable, valid and robust 
  • understand how we can support the teaching and learning of Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau | Literacy and Numeracy. 

The Ministry of Education, NZQA, ERO and Tātai Angitu (Massey University) will work alongside each pilot participant to ensure they are supported, and so that the objectives of the pilot are achieved. 

Hear about the experiences from three of the pilot schools:

Standards and assessment used for the pilot

Below are the standards and assessment products that are being used for the pilot. These products will be refined based on what we hear from pilot participants. They will continue to be refined in 2022 so that, by the time the new standards become mandatory in 2023, we have a strong understanding of what will work well for learners. 

Learning matrices and standards

Click on the links below for the standards and learning matrices that will be used during the pilot:



Te Reo Matatini



The following are PDF copies of the assessment specifications and portfolio guidance. These documents will only be used by the pilot participants and will be updated following this year’s pilot. 

The assessment specifications set out the format of the assessment, so that you have an indication of what to expect during the assessment period and how to begin to organise logistics around this.

Assessment Specifications:
Portfolio guidance:

The portfolio guidance provides information on the collection of evidence for portfolio assessment of te reo matatini me te pāngarau:

The following is a link to sample assessment items for the Common Assessment Activity (CAA). We will continue to update, refine, and improve assessment items as we learn from the 2021 and 2022 pilot. 
These sample assessment items provide an opportunity for you to engage with the digital assessment interface, and get a feel for the types of questions that may be asked in the CAA. The sample assessment items are samples only and are not indicative of the length of the CAA. They also do not reflect the full breadth of question types and contexts that learners will be given during the real assessment. (For example, the pāngarau standard will require learners to submit written responses in te reo Māori.)

The sample assessment items can be viewed on Google Chrome or Safari:

Sample assessment items: Reading 

Sample assessment items: Writing

Sample assessment items: Numeracy

Sample assessment items: Te Reo Matatini 

Sample assessment items: Pāngarau 

Pilot participants 

The schools taking part in the 2021 pilot are as below:

Aorere College
Ara Polytechnic
Botany Downs Secondary College
Cashmere High School
Dilworth School    
Francis Douglas Memorial College    
James Cook High School    
Kingslea School
People Potential        
Pukekohe High School     
Rolleston College
South Westland Area School    
Taita College
Tangaroa College    
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Kura Kokiri
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa 
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Whakarewa i te reo ki Tūwharetoa  
Te Wharekura o Manurewa
Western Heights High Schoo

Frequently asked questions 

Please visit our frequently asked questions for additional information.