Numeracy unit standards
The Numeracy unit standards form the alternative pathway to meet the NCEA level 1 numeracy requirements. Information and resources to assist schools with planning, implementation, assessment and moderation of these standards is available.
In February 2012, further clarifications and annotated exemplars for the Numeracy unit standards were published. Assessed Work cover sheets - which must be used for submissions for national external moderation - are also available at the above web address. These have been updated to improve their usability and clarify the standard requirements. Those annotated exemplars that were first published in 2011 have been re-annotated to clarify the commentary, and have also been re-issued.
Level 2 External Assessment Tasks - A writing group will be working to produce Level 2 External Assessment Tasks during the upcoming April school holidays. These tasks will be available early in term 2, to registered schools.
Consultation on Alignment of New Zealand Scholarship performance standards
The Ministry of Education has contracted Research New Zealand to carry out consultation with users of the New Zealand Scholarship performance standards. NZQA and the Ministry of Education have been working on aligning the New Zealand Scholarship performance standards to The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC). This work follows on from the alignment of the NCEA Level 1 to 3 achievement standards. As for NCEA Level 3, the aligned New Zealand Scholarship performance standards will take effect from 2013.
The Ministry and NZQA have worked with subject specialists to provide a draft of the revised New Zealand Scholarship performance standards for the 35 scholarship subjects. There are 26 standards in the consultation because 6 Languages are covered by a single performance standard and 5 Visual Arts subjects are covered by a single standard.
The Ministry will publish the next draft of the New Zealand Scholarship performance standards and the associated draft assessment specifications by 31 May 2012.
• NCEA level one forum
• NCEA level two forum
• NCEA Level three consultation
• Numeracy Unit standards forum
NZQA - National Moderators for Numeracy
The Tertiary Assessment and Moderation team are advertising for moderators for the 2012 moderation year. We are looking for people who can moderate assessment materials related to standards in the following systems:
• Core Skills (including Service Sector – Core Skills, Personal Financial Management, Self Management, Social and Cooperative Skills, Work and Study Skills, Communications Skills Levels 1-3)
• Ngā Mahi a Te Whare Pora
• Computing 5-8 (Software Development - Programming, Computer Operations, Computer Support and Generic computing)
• Core Health/First Aid (unit standards 6400, 6401, 6402, 25459, 26551, 26552)
• Supported Learning
• Literacy and Numeracy (unit standards 26623, 26626 and 26627)
The closing date for applications is 26 March 2012.
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Level 2 Formula Sheet
A page of formulae that can be used with the level 2 internal standards has been placed on the NZQA website.