Emergency Credit Inclusion

The purpose of the emergency credit inclusion provision is to support students affected by the recent emergency situation (i.e. the Kaikoura earthquake on 14 November 2016 and the flooding in the Wellington region on 15 November 2016) and who narrowly missed achieving NCEA Levels 1 – 3 and/or the University Entrance requirement for 14 credits in each of three approved subjects, due to the emergency.

Who is eligible?

Eligible students must meet all the following criteria:

  • were enrolled in a school which submitted emergency grades due to the events of the 14 and 15 November 2016;
  • narrowly missed achieving NCEA at any level (6 credits short) or the University Entrance approved subject requirement (3 credits short);
  • did not have sufficient assessment opportunities within the school year (e.g. who were absent for a significant period of time in terms two and three) to provide evidence for an emergency grade in one or more externally assessed standards;
  • were entered for the externally assessed standards prior to the start of the external examinations period; and
  • either impaired performance in the relevant examination or absent.

How many credits can be claimed?

Up to a maximum of six unspecified credits by eligible students.

Three of these unspecified credits may also be used towards the ‘14 credits in each of three approved subjects’ requirement for University Entrance. The three credits (in total) can be used to meet the approved subject requirement, if the student either missed an examination which would have contributed to meeting the approved subject requirement or had impaired performance in the relevant examination.

These unspecified credits will not appear on a student’s Record of Achievement and they will not count towards the literacy and numeracy requirements for NCEA or University Entrance.

How can schools apply on behalf of a student?

Schools can make an application for a student after the release of results on 17 January 2017, with a closing date of 10 February 2017. The universities will be advised where unspecified credits were used towards NCEA Level 3/University Entrance.

Download the credit inclusion application form (DOC, 65KB).

For further enquiries, please contact your School Relationship Manager.

Questions and Answers

Can this mechanism be used for other students outside of the affected regions who missed their examinations and who did not have assessment opportunities in year?

No. The purpose of the emergency credit inclusion provision is to support students affected by the recent emergency situation (i.e. the Kaikoura earthquake on 14 November 2016 and the flooding in the Wellington region on 15 November 2016) and who narrowly missed achieving NCEA Levels 1 – 3 and/ or the University Entrance requirement for 14 credits in each of three approved subjects, due to the emergency.

Whilst students in other areas may also have missed their examinations and some of their schooling, the scale of the events on the 14 and 15 November 2016 is such that the events are likely to have had an on-going and wide ranging effect on students. They were extra-ordinary circumstances and this special provision recognises this.

Students outside of the affected areas who narrowly missed achieving NCEA or University Entrance are advised to contact their school or local tertiary education provider.

My derived grade does not reflect the level of performance that I would have achieved if I had sat the exam.  Why can’t these special provisions be made for me?

The emergency grade process is designed to ensure that all students are treated as fair as possible, given the circumstances.  An emergency grade ensures that no students are unduly advantaged over others. The emergency credit inclusion mechanism is for the very few students who could not be awarded an emergency grade for reasons beyond their control.

Is a student eligible for this provision if they missed an examination on later date, or does it only apply to examinations held on the 14 and 15 November 2016?

Yes, a student is eligible (if they meet all the criteria and subject to the maximum credit limits) for this provision if their examination was on later date.

Are six credits or nine credits available in total?

A maximum of six credits is available, three of which can be used towards meeting the approved subject requirement for University Entrance e.g. three credits towards NCEA Level 3 and three towards University Entrance; or four credits towards NCEA Level 3 and two towards University Entrance.

Why can’t the unspecified credits be recorded on a student’s Record of Achievement?

Because the credits cannot be assigned to any standard.

How many students do you expect to benefit from this mechanism?

Very few.  Most students will have been assigned an emergency grade.  This is for the very few students who just miss achieving their qualification/award for reasons beyond their control.

 
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