Literacy and Numeracy unit standards – online assessment

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Due to end of term and semester time pressures, and the disruptive effect of extreme weather conditions, the closing date for this Pilot has been extended to Friday 5 May 2017. We hope this extension enables those still to participate an opportunity to do so.

Please note that the learner samples to be sent to NZQA to evaluate the effectiveness of the tool in supporting/informing assessor decisions must still be received by NZQA by Wednesday 17 May 2017.

Pilot (running 23 March – 5 May 2017)

NZQA is running a Pilot to explore the effectiveness of gathering evidence for standards via an online assessment tool.

The standards being piloted are:

  • 26624 Read texts with understanding and
  • 26623 Use number to solve problems.

Organisations who registered for the Pilot have been provided with administrator, assessor and learner guides. A short video showing learners what to expect when using the online tool is available for online viewing or for download for offline use.

Results from the Pilot can be used as evidence towards the award of credit for the unit standards.

The unit standards are being reviewed and amendments proposed include a condition to recognise assessment evidence collected via this tool.

Project background

In May 2016, NZQA contracted the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to support the trial and pilot of online assessment towards unit standards 26623 Use number to solve problems; and 26624 Read texts with understanding.

This Trial and Pilot will enable learners to undertake online assessment towards these standards; and if successful, gain credits towards the unit standards option for meeting the Literacy and Numeracy requirement of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

In August 2016, NZQA sought expressions of interest from education organisations with Consent to Assess in being involved in a trial and pilot of the online assessment. The online assessment tool was trialled 10 – 24 October 2016. The trial tested and calibrated items in the tool. The evidence generated from the trial could not be used to award the unit standards.

Results of trial

The trial generated sufficient data to calibrate the tool items.

We can report the following data:

  • Unit standard 26623: 760 learners participated, 70% (533) completed. The average time taken to finish by learners who completed was 33.37 minutes.
  • Unit standard 26624: 522 learners participated, 90% (469) completed. The average time taken to finish by learners who completed was 26.13 minutes.

Overall, the response to the trial from learners, teachers, and tutors was very positive. In addition, the feedback provided has helped us to refine the tool and user experience for the pilot.

Contact information

If you would like more information please email

Page last updated 18 April 2017

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