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2017 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment
A2017/05 - 21 Mar 2017

To:

Principal
Principal’s Nominee
All teachers

2017 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment

Assessment specifications provide the assessment parameters for each externally assessed achievement standard. They should be read alongside the applicable standards.

For examinations the specifications cover information such as the:

  • format of the paper

  • equipment students can bring and use, and

  • context for questions, where appropriate.

For portfolio subjects they cover the:

  • format of the assessment

  • portfolio submission date

  • portfolio specifications including the type and volume of materials that may be submitted as evidence, and

  • requirements for authenticity.

2017 Assessment Specifications

These were published in December 2016. For NCEA standards they are available from the NCEA subject resources pages and for New Zealand Scholarship they are available on the Scholarship subject pages on the NZQA website.

The following assessment specifications have been updated in March 2017:

Subject

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

New Zealand Scholarship

Accounting

 

 

 

 Yes

Art History

91015

 

 

 

Dance

90005

91212

 

 

Drama

90011, 90998

91215, 91219

91514, 91518

 Yes

Earth and Space Science

 

 91191

 

 

History

 

 

 

Yes

Mathematics and Statistics

 

 91262

 

 

(Updated March 2017) is highlighted beside the year on the front page of the assessment specifications, and the change is highlighted.

Teachers should not need to alter their teaching programmes as a result of this update.

Enquiries

Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to your School Relationship Manager.

School Relationship Manager
School Quality Assurance and Liaison
Telephone: 04 463 3000
Email: firstname.lastname@nzqa.govt.nz

 

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