NCEA changes to address COVID-19 impact

13 May 2020

The Government has announced changes to NCEA, which give students more time to prepare for end of year assessment and help manage the impact of the disruption COVID-19 has caused to schooling.

Immediate changes are:

  • Examinations for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship will now begin on 16 November instead of 6 November, and end on 9 December instead of 2 December. An updated examination timetable is available here.
  • The submission date for subjects which require students to submit a portfolio is being extended to 12 November 2020.
  • The requirement for NZQA verification of Level 1 and 2 Visual Arts portfolios has been removed. This means students will have more time to complete their portfolios, and teachers will have more time for marking.

More information is available on the Ministry of Education website.

NZQA and the Ministry of Education are working with the education sector to consider how to address equity issues arising from the disruption to schooling caused by COVID-19.

NZQA and Universities New Zealand are also discussing whether there should be adjustments to the requirements for University Entrance, to recognise the disruption that has occurred.

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