The New Zealand government has announced a slowdown in the changes to the NCEA assessment system, with a priority given to the introduction of new maths and literacy assessments. Education Minister, Jan Tinetti stated, “We’ll prioritise mathematics, English, te reo Māori and pāngarau areas of the curriculum, by deferring the requirement for schools to implement the other areas by one year.” The new assessments will be introduced from next year and NCEA Level 1 for all secondary schools and kura will be fully implemented in 2024 as planned.
The changes to the NCEA system were initially delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruptions. The changes will also involve a reduction in the number of credits required to gain the qualification, find out more about how NCEA requirements are changing here.
Linetti added “We share the same goals of wanting kids at school, attending regulancerly and learning the basics they need to live fulfilling lives. So we’ll keep on with the changes that are needed, but roll it out at a pace that works for teachers and principals – which is good for the education system in the long term,” Although the changes to the NCEA assessment system will be slower than initially planned, the government remains committed to making further changes to achieve their objectives.