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February 2017

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Updates to Level 3 Achievement Standards

The Ministry of Education published updated versions for the Level 3 Achievement Standards in most subjects in November, 2016. The changes appear to be limited to a new planned review date of 31 December 2018, and Explanatory Note 1 now including a reference to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa for all subjects except Te Reo, English and Learning Languages.

However, assessors are advised to check the revised Level 3 standards relating to their programmes against the previous versions. Both the new and the previous versions appear together on the relevant NZQA subject pages.

Version 1 of the English Level 3 standards remain current.

Moderator Newsletters

Moderator Newsletters will now be published in Term One and Term Three of the school year. Any urgent information related to assessment and moderation will continue to be conveyed by Circulars and through the Principal’s Nominee Emails.

Consultation on English for Academic Purposes standards review

NZQA National Qualifications Services invites feedback on the reviewed English for Academic Purposes unit standards.  These standards are designed to credential learners’ linguistic ability to cope with university study. Two of these standards meet the University Entrance literacy requirements.  They are open to all learners, but recommended for people for whom English is an additional language.

Sector feedback on the proposed changes will be used by the review panel to further develop the standards to ensure that they meet the needs of the sector.  A consultation document and the draft standards along with the feedback form are available for reference. 

Feedback to National Qualifications Services at nqs@nzqa.govt.nz is open until Tuesday 28 February.

Exemplar updates

There are new exemplars available for these standards:

90857: High Achieved

91102: Low Merit

91103: Low Merit (PDF, 959KB)


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