Announcement of changes to NZQA Rules

26 Jul 2018

The result of consultation on the annual review of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Rules has been published today.

We regularly review and adjust our quality assurance requirements and the NZQA Rules that non-university tertiary organisations must comply with, to ensure high quality outcomes for New Zealand qualifications.

Our consultation on proposed changes to the NZQA Rules sought to ensure that the Rules are clear, reflect operational changes, address emerging risks and enable NZQA to effectively perform its quality assurance functions.

These changes ensure prospective students at TEOs will have evidence of their English language proficiency for enrolment only through one of the eight other options specified by NZQA in Rule 18.

English language tests are designed to provide a clear idea of a student’s English language ability at a certain point in their studies, and to ensure that those advancing to the next level of study have the level of English proficiency required to participate successfully. We consider that the eight international tests in the NZQA Rules accomplish this - while also being globally recognised and understood. For example, IELTS and the Pearson Test of English. This rule change was required due to high levels of non-compliance by providers using their own English language proficiency assessments.

As a result of feedback received, NZQA and Education New Zealand (ENZ) identified an opportunity for New Zealand to develop its own standardised English language proficiency test, as a result ENZ is exploring the feasibility of developing such a test.

There are nine changes to the NZQA Rules and further information on these changes can be found here in the consultation summary.

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