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Change to New Zealand Scholarship Physical Education performance standards, and changes to Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Drama, English and Geography Achievement Standards 2018
A2017/29 - 04 Dec 2017

To:

Principal
Principal’s Nominee
Teachers of Agricultural and Horticultural Science, English, Geography, Drama and Physical Education

Change to Performance Standards for New Zealand Scholarship Physical Education, and changes to Achievement Standards for Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Drama, English and Geography 2018

Performance Standard for New Zealand Scholarship Physical Education for 2018

There is a change to the New Zealand Scholarship Physical Education Performance Standard, which becomes New Zealand Scholarship Health and Physical Education in 2018, in line with the New Zealand Curriculum.

There are minor changes to the subject specific definitions in the Explanatory Notes of the standards to accommodate this change. Students studying Heath and/or Home Economics who wish to enter Scholarship, will be assessed against this standard.

Achievement Standards for Agricultural and Horticultural Science, English, Geography and Drama 2018

There have been changes to achievement standards in Level 2 and 3 Agricultural and Horticultural Science, Level 1 and 2 English, Level 1 and 2 Geography, and Level 2 and 3 Drama. The table below lists the standards, the changes made and the reasons for making them.

Subject Ref

Achievement

Standard

Ver

Int/

Ext

Change and Reasons for Change

EN = Explanatory Notes

Ag/Ht 2.6

91294

3

Ext

Add new EN 3. This defines livestock in a broad way so that agribusiness contexts can be used for assessment.

Ag/Ht 3.3

91530

3

Ext

Amend EN 3 replacing “agricultural or horticultural” with “primary industry”, so that agribusiness contexts can be used for assessment.

Drama 2.3

91215

3

Ext

Amend EN 3 by removing “purpose”, for clarification, so that purpose is distinct from “features”.

Drama 3.3

91514

4

Ext

Amend EN 4 by removing “purpose”, for clarification, so that purpose is distinct from “features”.

English 1.2

90850

4

Ext

Amend EN 8 by adding an extra bullet “digital/online text”, to add a further option for text type.

English 2.2

91099

4

Ext

Amend EN 6 by adding an extra bullet “digital/online text”, to add a further option for text type.

Geography 1.6

91012

3

Int

Amend EN 2 by replacing “assessing” with “describing in detail” in the second bullet for Merit.  This is consistent with expectations in other standards for Merit.

Geography 2.2

91241

3

Int

Amend EN 2 by replacing “explaining” with “describing” in the first bullet for Achieved and in the first bullet for Merit.  This clarifies what is required.  Currently the first and second bullets both ask for an explanation.

Geography 2.3

91242

3

Ext

Amend EN 3, fifth paragraph, by replacing “and” with “and/or”.  This allows for case studies where the factors are mainly cultural or natural.  The “and” proved to be too restrictive.

Geography 2.5

91244

3

Int

Amend EN 2 by adding “/or” to the fourth bullet for achieved.  This now becomes a more realistic expectation at L2, compared to what is expected at L3.

Geography 2.6

91245

3

Int

Amend EN 2, third bullet for achieved, so that one or more viewpoints is required.  This is because not all viewpoints change over time.   Subsequent amendments are then needed for the second bullets for both Merit and Excellence.

Geography 2.7

91246

3

Int

Amend EN 2 by replacing “causes” with “the factors and/or processes”, and removing reference to “causes” from EN 3.   This is to align with similar wording in both the L1 and L3 standards.

The Formal Change Report is available at this link: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/framework/updates/summaries.do

The assessment resources for the internally assessed standards, published on the TKI NCEA pages, will be amended as a result of changes to the standards.

For the externally assessed standards, the Assessment Specifications reflect the changes to the standards.

Sample materials for Agricultural and Horticultural standards, 91294 and 91530, have been developed to demonstrate their use in an Agribusiness context.

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
Fax: 04 463 3115
Email: firstname.lastname@nzqa.govt.nz

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