The Ministry and NZQA have been working with subject experts to improve the draft level 3 achievement standards. These standards are the basis for the assessment resources being developed and trialled. They have been watermarked as "Post Consultation Draft". All available draft assessment resources and next versions of the standards will be published by 31 May 2012 as "Draft - For School Planning Purposes Only".
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.