People identified some of the factors that increase workload as:
We will remove the ‘carry over’ and set the number of credits required for each level of NCEA at 60 (plus the 20 credit literacy and numeracy co-requisite).
When each subject is rebuilt as a coherent suite of four standards, worth about 20 credits (covered in change 3), students taking up to 5 or 6 subjects per year would not exceed this credit limit.
Schools would only offer a resubmission opportunity to students where a minor error prevents them from reaching the ‘achieved’ grade (not for merit and excellence). This would not affect the provision of further assessment opportunities (a further assessment for the same standard using a new assessment task, after further learning has taken place).
These changes would simplify NCEA’s requirements, and give clearer direction around the volume of work expected of each student. Teachers would still have flexibility to create individualised courses, while reducing the workload and taking some of the pressure off teachers and students.
Read the NCEA Change Package Overview 2019 for more detail about the changes, the journey we took with New Zealand to get to them, and what an NCEA programme could look like.
Around 16,000 New Zealanders took part in the year-long review of NCEA, and the Ministry of Education is to continue to work with stakeholders to confirm a detailed design and implementation plan for the changes by the end of the year.