Review of Achievement Standards

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About the Review of Achievement Standards

A significant number of the changes to NCEA will be delivered through the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS).

The RAS involves many teachers and other experts from the education sector working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to develop new NCEA standards across a range of subjects. These new Achievement Standards will replace all existing NCEA Achievement Standards.

The Ministry has set up about 50 Subject Expert Groups – comprised of about 400 practising teachers, academics and representatives from tertiary and industry sectors – to help develop these new Achievement Standards and supporting teaching and assessment resources for each subject.

A significant number of the changes to NCEA will be delivered through the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS).

The RAS involves many teachers and other experts from the education sector working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to develop new NCEA standards across a range of subjects. These new Achievement Standards will replace all existing NCEA Achievement Standards.

The Ministry has set up about 50 Subject Expert Groups – comprised of about 400 practising teachers, academics and representatives from tertiary and industry sectors – to help develop these new Achievement Standards and supporting teaching and assessment resources for each subject.

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  • Title: Learn About the Review
  • Description: Learn how we are developing new NCEA achievement standards and ensuring mātauranga Māori is recognized and valued in NCEA
  • Video Duration: 4 minutes
  • Video URL: https://player.vimeo.com/video/649775883
  • Transcript: English A significant number of the changes to NCEA will be delivered as part of the Review of Achievement Standards or RAS. The RAS involves about 400 practicing teachers

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Subject Expert Groups

The role of Subject Expert Groups in the NZC Review of Achievement Standards

Each Subject Expert Group (SEG) includes practising teachers from a range of decile and geographic regions, as well as academics and representatives from the tertiary and industry sectors – collectively, these SEG members bring subject matter and other key expertise to the development of subject materials. Most members were initially identified through an Expression of Interest process and practising teachers were endorsed by their respective principals. Where further expertise was required, some SEG members were co-opted.

SEGs provide expert advice and contribute their subject matter expertise and critical perspectives to the implementation of the NCEA Change Programme. Their mandate is to reflect the NCEA Change Package (ie, the seven changes to strengthen NCEA) in the reviewed NCEA subject content. Although they are not required to agree with all the changes, many SEG members, having developed a deep understanding of the NCEA Change Package, act as champions for the draft products and share them via their sector networks. The Ministry acknowledges the considerable time, effort and expertise contributed by members of all the SEGs.

The role of Subject Expert Groups in the NZC Review of Achievement Standards

Each Subject Expert Group (SEG) includes practising teachers from a range of decile and geographic regions, as well as academics and representatives from the tertiary and industry sectors – collectively, these SEG members bring subject matter and other key expertise to the development of subject materials. Most members were initially identified through an Expression of Interest process and practising teachers were endorsed by their respective principals. Where further expertise was required, some SEG members were co-opted.

SEGs provide expert advice and contribute their subject matter expertise and critical perspectives to the implementation of the NCEA Change Programme. Their mandate is to reflect the NCEA Change Package (ie, the seven changes to strengthen NCEA) in the reviewed NCEA subject content. Although they are not required to agree with all the changes, many SEG members, having developed a deep understanding of the NCEA Change Package, act as champions for the draft products and share them via their sector networks. The Ministry acknowledges the considerable time, effort and expertise contributed by members of all the SEGs.

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  • Title: SEG Terms of Reference
  • Description: Terms of Reference for Subject Expert Groups
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Programme Timeline

Development for Level 2 subjects is currently underway, with the new Level 1 standards currently being piloted for both NZC and TMoA.

Development for Level 2 subjects is currently underway, with the new Level 1 standards currently being piloted for both NZC and TMoA.

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  • Description: This graphic provides detail of the NCEA Change Programme Timeline 2019 - 2026.
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Planned Review Dates

The ‘planned review date’ is an indicative date when a standard is next up for review. All standards listed on the Directory of Assessment Standards are required to have a planned review date. The Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) currently underway by the Ministry of Education is that review for all achievement standards.

The existing achievement standards will remain current and continue to be available for use until they are replaced by the new standards, developed through RAS. The new standards are scheduled to be implemented in 2024 (Level 1), 2025 (Level 2) and 2026 (Level 3).

The Level 1 standards have been developed and are being piloted by around 100 secondary schools and kura in the 2023 school year. All existing Level 1 Achievement Standards will expire and no longer be available for use from the end of 2023.

We are currently developing NCEA Level 2 materials for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA) Wãhanga Ako and New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) subjects. The TMoA subjects have been developed throughout 2022. The NZC subjects are being developed in three groups during 2022 and 2023.

The ‘planned review date’ is an indicative date when a standard is next up for review. All standards listed on the Directory of Assessment Standards are required to have a planned review date. The Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) currently underway by the Ministry of Education is that review for all achievement standards.

The existing achievement standards will remain current and continue to be available for use until they are replaced by the new standards, developed through RAS. The new standards are scheduled to be implemented in 2024 (Level 1), 2025 (Level 2) and 2026 (Level 3).

The Level 1 standards have been developed and are being piloted by around 100 secondary schools and kura in the 2023 school year. All existing Level 1 Achievement Standards will expire and no longer be available for use from the end of 2023.

We are currently developing NCEA Level 2 materials for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (TMoA) Wãhanga Ako and New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) subjects. The TMoA subjects have been developed throughout 2022. The NZC subjects are being developed in three groups during 2022 and 2023.