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NCEA Drama Remote Learning and Assessment
A2020/8 - 30 Mar 2020


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All teachers of Drama

NCEA Drama Remote Learning and Assessment

In response to the impacts of the COVID-19 virus on teaching, learning and assessment programmes for NCEA Drama, NZQA has:

  • published a guide for both internally and externally assessed Drama Achievement Standards on the NZQA website’s Drama subject page
  • updated the Assessment Specifications for the external standards, 90011, 91219 and 91518 reflecting the information in this document.

A colour-coding system is used in the guide to categorise like standards according to the advice provided in the document:

Green: These standards are suitable for remote teaching, learning and assessment.

Blue: It is possible to facilitate assessment against these standards by remote learning with teacher guidance. Video conferencing and other online platforms can support this. Teachers will need to access suitable contexts, for example, scripts that are appropriate for solo performance.

Red: These standards are not suitable for remote teaching, learning and assessment as they require interaction with others. Assessment against these standards should be delayed until later in the year, when and where this becomes possible.

General Guidelines

Depending on the dramatic context, when students perform solo work, they need to suggest the presence of ‘another person’ and show their response that someone else is part of the situation. This will support an appropriate and credible interpretation of the role, relationships and situation being communicated. Assessment activities for performance standards need to be amended to reflect this requirement of solo performance.

While duration of performance for solo work will be less than is normally required for group work, contexts need to provide opportunities for students to meet the requirement of the standard at all grade levels.

Teachers may access the Drama NZ subject association, the DramaNet online community and/or Playmarket NZ, for guidance about appropriate assessment contexts.

Note: these standards require assessment evidence from dramatic performance. Therefore, students will need access to the following:

  • a camera/phone and internet to upload video evidence to a platform for assessors to access
  • someone to film the student performing dramatic work. Guidelines are needed for students to ensure the camera operator does not edit or zoom in, and to make sure the whole body is in view. It is recommended that a draft performance is recorded to confirm the performance work is visible and audible
  • an indoor or outdoor space that is appropriate to perform dramatic work.

This may pose issues around access and equity for some students, which you will need to consider in your programme planning.

Supporting evidence

Supporting evidence (intentions for role, relationships and situation, and all dramatic work) may be provided through written, oral or visual modes. For example, intentions can be spoken and recorded before the performance. Questions and prompts to guide students to provide clear and succinct statements of intentions can be found in the Explanatory Notes in the Achievement Standards and the Ministry of Education NCEA Assessment Resources on the TKI website.


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

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