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Literacy and Numeracy | Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau
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Using the co-requisite standards in 2023

You can start your transition to the literacy, numeracy, te reo matatini and pāngarau co-requisite standards now. From 2024 the co-requisite will become mandatory . The Ministry recommends using the new standards and assessments for the majority of ākonga.

New standards:

Literacy Numeracy Te Reo Matatini Pāngarau

As announced on 19 April, there will be a two-year transitional period for schools, kura, and other NCEA providers to use either the new standards or 20 credits from a small selection of other literacy and numeracy-rich assessment standards to meet the co-requisite. This allows time for schools, kura and other NCEA providers who need more time to prepare to use the new standards.

In 2023 there will be two assessment time-periods: one in Term 2 and one in Term 4, for all NCEA settings to enter ākonga who are ready for the assessments.

Assessment events are held during a one-week time period. Schools, kura, and other NCEA providers choose when during each assessment window they would like to deliver the Common Assessment Activity. The portfolio, which is the other assessment option for te reo matatini me te pāngarau, must be submitted by 15 September.

How to participate this year:

  • Make sure you have consent to assess. Only schools, kura, and tertiary providers with consent to assess are able to deliver the assessments. If you have questions or concerns about consent to assess, talk your Principal's Nominee and School Relationship Managers

  • Check out the standards, learning matrices and unpacking documents as well as all of the other resources available on the NCEA.Education website

  • Plan for your teaching and learning to support learners’ readiness for the assessment

  • Plan for the assessment. Start to think about how you might administer the CAA

  • Enter ākonga who are ready into an assessment event

NZQA and the Ministry of Education will release further resources and guidance to support schools, kura, and tertiary providers to deliver the Common Assessment Activities.

NZQA have started planning for the assessment events. In order to help us target support and information please complete the following form. Please note that this information is only held for planning purposes.

Participation form

Make a head start on your planning by taking a look at the resources we have available. Under each section, you will find the standards, learning matrices, as well as teaching and learning support materials.

You can start your transition to the literacy, numeracy, te reo matatini and pāngarau co-requisite standards now. From 2024 the co-requisite will become mandatory . The Ministry recommends using the new standards and assessments for the majority of ākonga.

New standards:

Literacy Numeracy Te Reo Matatini Pāngarau

As announced on 19 April, there will be a two-year transitional period for schools, kura, and other NCEA providers to use either the new standards or 20 credits from a small selection of other literacy and numeracy-rich assessment standards to meet the co-requisite. This allows time for schools, kura and other NCEA providers who need more time to prepare to use the new standards.

In 2023 there will be two assessment time-periods: one in Term 2 and one in Term 4, for all NCEA settings to enter ākonga who are ready for the assessments.

Assessment events are held during a one-week time period. Schools, kura, and other NCEA providers choose when during each assessment window they would like to deliver the Common Assessment Activity. The portfolio, which is the other assessment option for te reo matatini me te pāngarau, must be submitted by 15 September.

How to participate this year:

  • Make sure you have consent to assess. Only schools, kura, and tertiary providers with consent to assess are able to deliver the assessments. If you have questions or concerns about consent to assess, talk your Principal's Nominee and School Relationship Managers

  • Check out the standards, learning matrices and unpacking documents as well as all of the other resources available on the NCEA.Education website

  • Plan for your teaching and learning to support learners’ readiness for the assessment

  • Plan for the assessment. Start to think about how you might administer the CAA

  • Enter ākonga who are ready into an assessment event

NZQA and the Ministry of Education will release further resources and guidance to support schools, kura, and tertiary providers to deliver the Common Assessment Activities.

NZQA have started planning for the assessment events. In order to help us target support and information please complete the following form. Please note that this information is only held for planning purposes.

Participation form

Make a head start on your planning by taking a look at the resources we have available. Under each section, you will find the standards, learning matrices, as well as teaching and learning support materials.

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New for 2023

Throughout 2022, we piloted the standards and assessments across a large cohort of schools and kura. Following an evaluation of those pilots, we have further refined the assessments and assessment delivery for 2023.

If you have any questions, you can reach the NZQA Pilot Team by submitting a form.

Throughout 2022, we piloted the standards and assessments across a large cohort of schools and kura. Following an evaluation of those pilots, we have further refined the assessments and assessment delivery for 2023.

If you have any questions, you can reach the NZQA Pilot Team by submitting a form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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There is no formal selection process to use the standards in 2023. Any school or kura with consent to assess can use the standards. This means you can start preparing now by engaging with the material on NCEA.Education.

However, we continue to ask schools and kura to fill in a form to express an interest in using the standards. This is so we can get a sense of how many entries to expect. To express an interest into using the standards, all you need to do is complete this form:

Participation Form

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Consent to assess allows education organisations to assess unit or achievement standards and award credit for them. More information can be found on NZQA’s website at Consent to Assess.

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The standards reflect a foundational level of learning. An ākonga who is ready for the assessment working at approximately Level 4/5 of the Curriculum, where they have control of Level 4 and are ready to work at Level 5. There are many tools you can use as a kaiako to assess if ākonga are sitting at the right level.

Read more about these readiness tools 

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To support you in the 2023 transitional year, NCEA.Education is the primary channel for resources and information.

You can make a start now through looking the resources that are currently available and reflecting on your current teaching and learning and identifying what might need strengthening to support the new standards.

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To see how the corequisite will be made mandatory in 2024, visit the Understanding How NCEA Requirements Are Changing page.