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Outcomes of the Biennial Consultation on the New Zealand Scholarship Subject List
A2018/25 - 27 Sep 2018

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Outcomes of the Biennial Consultation on the New Zealand Scholarship Subject List

Every two years NZQA consults with the education sector and other interested groups about the subjects assessed in New Zealand Scholarship to ensure that the list is relevant and meets the sector’s expectation.

NZQA sought feedback from 10 May to 22 June 2018 on subjects to be added (Religious Studies) or removed (Latin and Sculpture) from the current New Zealand Scholarship Subject List.

NZQA received a total of 210 submissions, of which 100 requested that Latin be maintained on the list and 88 requested that Sculpture be maintained on the list. Twenty-two submissions supported the proposal of adding Religious Studies to the list. There were six suggestions to add three other subjects (Social Studies, Health, and Digital Technologies) to the list. Some submissions commented on more than one subject.

Feedback received was considered and each subject raised by the review was assessed against the criteria for a subject to be included on the New Zealand Scholarship Subject List. These outcomes have been endorsed by the Technical Overview Group Assessment (TOGA) and the NZQA Board:

Considered for inclusion were:

  • Religious Studies, which meets the list criteria and will be included in the Scholarship List from 2020.
  • Social Studies and Digital Technologies, which do not have sufficient support to meet the list criteria and will not be included on the list at this stage. Digital Technologies is offered through the Technology performance standard.
  • Health, which currently does not have sufficient support to be included on the list as a separate subject. NZQA will continue to monitor the Scholarship performance of candidates entered in both Health and Physical Education at Level 3. Health is offered through the Health and Physical Education performance standard.

Considered for exclusion were:

  • Latin and Sculpture, which will remain on the list for 2019 and 2020.
  • NZQA has concerns about the sustainability of maintaining a robust assessment due to small numbers of people available for a marking panel, particularly for Latin.
  • Latin and Sculpture will be reassessed in the next biennial review in 2020 (for subjects on the list in 2021).

 

Enquiries

Please direct any queries regarding the outcomes of this review to scholarshipsubjectreview2018@nzqa.govt.nz and one of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.

Circulars are available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/circulars)

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