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2019 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment: March Update
A2019/04 - 28 Feb 2019

To:

Principal
Principal's Nominee
All teachers

2019 Assessment Specifications for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship External Assessment: March Update

Assessment specifications provide the annual assessment parameters for each externally assessed achievement standard. They must be read alongside the applicable Achievement Standards.
The following assessment specifications have been updated in March 2019.

Subject Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 NZ Scholarship
Digital Technology Y Y Y  
Latin Y Y Y Y
Media Studies   Y Y  
Social Studies   Y    
Technology   Y Y  

The change is highlighted beside the year on the front page of the assessment specifications: (Updated March 2019).

Teachers should not need to alter their teaching programmes because of this update.

For examinations, assessment specifications cover information such as the:

  • format of the paper;
  • equipment candidates can bring and use; and
  • context for questions, where appropriate.

For submitted (portfolio) subjects, they cover the:

  • format of the assessment;
  • portfolio/report submission date;
  • portfolio/report specifications, including the type and volume of materials that may be submitted as evidence; and
  • requirements for authenticity.

Assessment Specifications for 2019 were published in December 2018 on the NZQA website. For NCEA standards, see the NCEA subject resources pages and for New Zealand Scholarship, see the Scholarship subject page.

Enquiries

Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to your School Relationship Manager.School Relationship Manager
School Quality Assurance and Liaison
Telephone: 04 463 3000
Fax: 04 463 3115
Email: firstname.lastname@nzqa.govt.nz

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