Review of Achievement Standards

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Development for NCEA Level 1

Development for NCEA Level 2

NCEA Level 1 Subject list

NCEA subject lists for The New Zealand Curriculum levels 2 & 3, and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa Level 1, 2 & 3 subjects

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 will involve 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.


Development for NCEA Level 1 has commenced. You can see the subjects on the NCEA Level 1 Subject list. Development and piloting of each Level will occur over several years.

Update on current achievement standards with planned review date of December 2020

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 2022 school year. All existing Level 1 Achievement Standards will expire and no longer be available for use from the end of 2024.

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 are being developed throughout 2022. The NZC subjects are being developed in three groups during 2022 and 2023.

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New NCEA Level 2 subjects in development
New NCEA Level 2 subjects in development