Digital Assessment: NCEA Online

New Zealand schools are increasingly using digitally enabled teaching and learning, and NCEA assessments need to reflect these evolving practices. NZQA has a goal to have NCEA examinations available online by 2020. 

NZQA is working through a procurement process for digital assessment with the aim of forming a strategic partnership to move from paper-based delivery of NCEA external assessments (examinations) to digital delivery.

Central to our approach will be ensuring that NCEA examinations continue to be fair, valid and robust. NZQA will always retain ownership of the NCEA assessment and will focus on how external assessment needs to evolve to support digitally enabled teaching and learning. This approach ensures NZQA remains focused on our goal of ensuring that learners Qualify for the Future World ; Kia Noho Takatū Ki Tō Āmua Ao.

Since June 2016 NZQA has briefed a range of suppliers, both local and international about what we are looking for, and suppliers have been given the opportunity to indicate what they have to offer.

Recently a small group of suppliers were invited to participate in a design exercise that involved the creation of a digital examination. This exercise provided an opportunity for NZQA and the suppliers to experience working together in partnership and evaluate each other’s capabilities. 

NZQA is now analysing the information gathered in the last year to confirm our next steps.     

Page last updated 25 May 2017

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