Students working towards NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year...
Students and schools have experienced real disruption to teaching, learning and assessment because of Covid-19, with some affected much more than others.
In response to this unprecedented situation NZQA and the Ministry of Education has developed a set of changes to NCEA 2020 to address these impacts.
These changes are underpinned by the following principles:
Students have a fair and equitable opportunity to achieve the qualification and awards they would have been able to achieve in any other year;
Students are engaged and progressing in their assessed learning;
Changes are consistent with the integrity and credibility of the qualification; and
Changes impose minimal workload on schools.
There are 3 main changes:
Learning Recognition (LR) credits
Students working towards NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the
number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. These additional
credits will be known as Learning Recognition credits. For every 5 credits a
student achieves towards their NCEA, either through internal or external
assessment, they are entitled to an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA
Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at
Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits.
Current UE requirements have been reduced from 14 to 12 credits in three
UE-approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA Level 3 and meet
literacy and numeracy requirements to be awarded University Entrance.
External NCEA examinations and NZ Scholarship examinations will now take
place from 16 November 2020 to 6 December 2020. This will provide extra
time for teaching, learning and assessment in Term 4.
Certificate and Course Endorsements
Students will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits
at Merit or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12
credits at Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be
awarded a course endorsement.
The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio
(for example, Design and Visual Communications) has been extended to 12
November 2020, to give students more time to complete their portfolios.
These changes have been designed to encourage students to continue working
towards their NCEA and to ensure that the NCEA attained by our students this
school year is just as valid as those earned in previous years.
If you have any subject specific questions, please contact the Leader of Learning or your child’s hub mentor.