He tauākī whakamaunga atu Statement of Intent 2019/20 - 2022/23

Innovations in assessment

We look both here and around the world at how using new technology, processes and ways of thinking will help us continue to deliver on our role. High-quality, valid and reliable assessment and supporting personalised learning are integral, as is analysing data to improve our customer knowledge, responsiveness and focus.

Our plans to move to digital assessment through having National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) examinations available online are well advanced. We’re introducing NCEA Online in stages – offering 14 subjects digitally in 2019 across levels 1, 2 and 3, with the range of subjects expanding in 2020 and beyond. This follows four years of trials and pilots, when around three-quarters of New Zealand secondary schools and well over 30,000 learners experienced at least one online examination – with very positive feedback.

Changing how learners can do their NCEA examinations – from hand-written papers to online – reflects the way they already interact with the world and how they are doing much of their learning – and it is what learners are telling us they want.

Enabling learners to use digital technologies to learn and be assessed will help schools teach the fast-evolving skills needed for life and work. For example, in the next 20 years two-thirds of children entering primary school today will work in job types that don’t yet exist and will require new skills1.

Our approach to digital assessment supports innovation in teaching and learning and will change along with evolving technology. New approaches offer greater opportunities for learners to show what they know, the skills they have learned and how they can use those skills in real-life situations.

The data generated by digital assessment will feed into future examination design and approaches to teaching and learning.

Digital assessment goes hand in hand with our move to digital moderation, responding to the changing forms of evidence and the need for timely feedback to schools and tertiary education organisations.

1    The Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum, January 2016


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