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Assessment Matters

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2019 Assessment Specifications for New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA External Assessment
A2018/33 - 03 Dec 2018

To:

Principal
Principal's Nominee
All Teachers

Now online: 2019 Assessment Specifications for New Zealand Scholarship and NCEA External Assessment

Assessment specifications provide the annual assessment parameters for each externally assessed achievement standard. They must be read alongside the applicable Achievement Standards.

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.

The following subjects have assessment specifications that have been revised for 2019:

Subject

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

NZ Scholarship

Accounting

 

 

 

Y

Agricultural and Horticultural Science

Y

Y

Y

Y

Art History

Y

Y

Y

 

Biology

 

Y

Y

 

Business Studies

Y

Y

Y

 

Calculus

 

 

 

 

Chemistry

 

 

Y

 

Chinese

Y

Y

Y

 

Classical Studies

Y

Y

Y

 

Cook Islands Māori

Y

Y

Y

 

Dance

Y

Y

Y

 

Digital Technologies

Y

Y

Y

 

Drama

Y

Y

Y

Y

Earth and Space Science

 

Y

 

 

Economics

 

 

 

 

Education for sustainability

 

 

 

 

English

Y

Y

Y

Y

French

Y

Y

Y

 

Geography

Y

Y

Y

Y

German

Y

Y

Y

 

Health

 

Y

 

 

History

 

 

 

Y

Home Economics

Y

Y

Y

 

Japanese

Y

Y

Y

 

Korean

Y

Y

Y

 

Latin

 

 

 

 

Lea-Faka Tonga

Y

Y

Y

 

Mathematics and Statistics

Y

Y

 

 

Media Studies

 

 

 

Y

Music

Y

Y

Y

Y

Physics

 

 

 

 

Psychology

 

 

 

 

Samoan

 

Y

Y

 

Science

Y

 

 

 

Social Studies

Y

Y

Y

 

Spanish

Y

Y

Y

 

Statistics

 

 

Y

Y

Technology

Y

Y

Y

 

Te Reo Māori

Y

Y

Y

 

Te Reo Rangatira

 

 

 

 

Design and Visual Communication

Y

Y

Y

Y

Visual Arts

 

 

 

Y

Health and Physical Education

 

 

 

Y

Circulars for further information are available for:

Assessment specifications have been developed for the new Digital Technologies standards. These are available on the Digital Technologies subject page.

2019 Assessment Specifications are now available.

For NCEA, see the NCEA subject resources pages and for New Zealand Scholarship, see the Scholarship subject pages.

Assessment specifications for previous years will not be available on the NZQA website to avoid any confusion, but they will be available on request to NZQA.

Enquiries

Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to:

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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