Digital Assessment: NCEA Online

New Zealand schools are increasingly using digitally enabled teaching and learning, and NCEA assessments need to reflect these evolving practices. NZQA has a goal to have NCEA examinations available online by 2020. 

NZQA has worked through a procurement process for digital assessment with the aim of forming a strategic partnership to move from paper-based delivery of NCEA external assessments (examinations) to digital delivery.

Central to our approach will be ensuring that NCEA examinations continue to be fair, valid and robust. NZQA will always retain ownership of the NCEA assessment and will focus on how external assessment needs to evolve to support digitally enabled teaching and learning. This approach ensures NZQA remains focused on our goal of ensuring that learners Qualify for the Future World; Kia Noho Takatū Ki Tō Āmua Ao.

Recently a selection was made of two preferred suppliers, who have been invited to participate in the creation of a digital examination solution design. This exercise will provide an opportunity for NZQA and the suppliers to detail what changes are needed to deliver long term quality digital assessments. On completion of this exercise, NZQA will look to start delivery of digital assessments on the long-term platform in 2019.

Meanwhile NZQA is offering Digital Trial and Pilot examinations, to help schools and students make the transition to digital assessment by enabling schools to test their readiness, and providing an opportunity for students to experience assessment in a digital format. Almost three quarters of New Zealand secondary schools and around 30,000 students have experienced at least one online examination since 2014.


Page last updated 4 May 2018

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