Literacy and Numeracy | Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau

Changes are happening to the way NCEA recognises literacy and numeracy | te reo matatini me te pāngarau. From 2024, students will need to achieve new corequisite standards to the qualification. Next year, students who are ready can be assessed against the new standards but they will not be mandatory. More information on next year’s assessment will be coming out at the beginning of September.

Download the document below to help with your August Teacher-Only Day planning discussions:


There are recent additions to this resource kete. These include:

  • Literacy Pedagogy Guides (LPGs) for Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Drama and Visual Arts.
  • Numeracy Pedagogy Guides (NPGs) for Dance, Design and Visual Communication, English, Music and Learning Languages.
  • Numeracy-Enhanced Plans (NEPs) for Alternative Education, English, Social Sciences, Health, PE and Visual Arts. The NEPs will be available this month.


The following are key references to consider when designing or adapting a teaching and learning programme.

About Literacy

An overview of the changes to literacy. This webpage includes Unpacking Literacy, which expands on the big ideas and significant learning, and the the Literacy Learning Matrix, which sets out the big ideas and significant learning for literacy that cannot be left to chance. Read this alongside the literacy standards for reading and writing.

About Numeracy

An overview of the changes to numeracy. This webpage includes Unpacking Numeracy, which expands on the process ideas and content ideas in Numeracy, and the Numeracy Learning Matrix, which sets out the process ideas and content ideas for numeracy that cannot be left to chance. Read this alongside the numeracy standard.

As you read the content on the web pages linked above, take some time to consider:

  • How has your thinking changed since you last accessed these documents?
  • Where can you see opportunities to integrate the literacy and numeracy ideas outlined in the matrices into your classroom?


The following guides are designed to support you in highlighting the literacy and numeracy opportunities in your learning area.

Effective Practices: 

These guides outline practical, evidence-based steps you can take to integrate literacy and numeracy into your practice.

Pedagogy Guides:

These are a set of guides that elaborate on the Unpacking Literacy and Unpacking Numeracy documents in specific learning areas. These may be useful when considering how you can weave literacy and numeracy into your classroom. LPGs and NPGs for all learning areas are being developed throughout 2022.

Case Study Observations: Principles from Good Practice

During 2021 and through 2022 we have been conducting pilots and supporting readiness to shift to the new standards. Our case study observations have identified some useful strategies that you may want to consider adopting:

  1. Creating a special position for a person responsible for literacy in your school, and a person responsible for numeracy.
  2. Establishing links with feeder schools to connect literacy and numeracy strategies and approaches to pedagogy.  
  3. Recognising the potential challenges that many Year 9 students face as they transition to secondary school.
  4. Planning for regularly spaced assessment and monitoring of ākonga progress in literacy and numeracy at a school-wide level.
  5. Sharing monitoring and assessment data across subjects and learning areas
  6. Promoting the ongoing importance of literacy and numeracy beyond the NCEA corequisites, e.g. The ongoing development of disciplinary literacy over the entire school lifetime.
  • Take the six case study strategies (adding more if you can) and use them as the basis of a discussion.
  • Rank them in terms of which could be implemented most easily.
  • Identify the next step needed to implement each strategy within your school and draft an action plan.

Literacy and Numeracy Enhanced Plans

The Numeracy Enhanced Plans (NEPs) highlight the numeracy opportunities teachers can use across a range of learning areas. NEPs available soon are for teachers of Alternative Education, English, Health, PE, Science, Social Sciences and Visual Arts. These will be available this month and further NEPs will be developed throughout 2022.

Some Literacy-Enhanced Plans (LEPs) will be available by the end of 2022.


Curriculum Progress and Assessment Tools

This page outlines the readiness tools that can help you and your ākonga determine their readiness to sit the CAAs (Common Assessment Activities). This includes more information on the updated Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) and e-asTTle.

Three changes are now available in PaCT. You are now able to make judgements for students up to Year 13, an NCEA readiness band is included, and you will be able to manually indicate learner readiness.

Advice is also now available on using e-asTTle to support you in identifying when learners are ready to sit the literacy and numeracy assessments.

Assessment Standards

The standards will be assessed through a Common Assessment Activity (CAA):

  • This will be an online assessment that is developed by NZQA and is delivered 2-3 times a year by schools and kura and externally marked by NZQA.
  • Schools will have a week-long period in which to deliver the assessment.
  • There will be no time limit, although the assessment will be designed to last approximately one hour.

You can look at the standards here for:

Note: the standards correspond to the Learning Matrices and Unpacking Document.

What does the online assessment look like?

The following documents reflect the assessment outcomes following participation in the 2021 pilot for Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau | Literacy and Numeracy.

For Literacy Reading and Numeracy, some questions have been removed based on feedback and evaluation from the 2021 pilot, as they will not be representative of the questions used in future Literacy and Numeracy assessments.

Assessment Preparedness

There are some things you can do now to prepare for online assessment next year:

  • Develop procedures for determining which students are ready for the assessments, such as using tools like PaCT or e-asTTle
  • Think about processes for entering learners with NZQA as soon as possible in the year.
  • Contact your Principal’s Nominee and relevant staff and discuss your assessment plan. 
  • Familiarise your staff and students with the Assessment Master online platform. You can use NZQA’s digital readiness tools and device check to do so.
  • Know your students’ National Student Number (NSN) well in advance.