QA News March 2011

Course Endorsement to add further motivation for students

Strong performances in individual courses, or subjects, will see secondary school students gaining more recognition from 2011.

NCEA Course Endorsement will enable students to gain Excellence and Merit endorsement in individual courses, and follows the overwhelmingly successful introduction of NCEA Certificate Endorsement in 2007, NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Qualifications Bali Haque said.

“Course endorsement provides recognition for students who perform exceptionally well in individual courses,” Mr Haque said.

Students will receive an Excellence endorsement for a course if they gain 14 credits at Excellence level, while students gaining 14 credits at Merit (or Merit and Excellence) will gain a Merit endorsement.

To ensure students are capable of performing well in both modes of assessment, at least 3 of the 14 credits must be from internally assessed standards, and 3 from externally assessed standards. 

“Certificate Endorsement has been hugely effective in motivating students – that was clear from the comments made by students after they received their results,” Mr Haque said.   “We are confident that Course Endorsement will be similarly helpful for schools, students, and parents.”

NOTE:  To gain Certificate Endorsement, students require 50 credits at Excellence for an Excellence endorsement. An endorsement with Merit requires 50 credits at Merit (or Merit and Excellence).

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