Derived grades

NZQA approves entitlement to a derived grade to candidates sitting external assessment who meet the eligibility criteria.

Applications are made to NZQA by the school on behalf of a candidate following the submission of a completed application form by the candidate or candidate’s parent.

These guidelines do not represent further rules and procedures but aim to guide candidates and schools to make appropriate applications by:

  • clarifying the eligibility criteria and requirements for a derived grade
  • assisting schools and candidates to provide sufficient information when making applications
Information for candidates, parents and caregivers (PDF, 397KB) Information for Schools and Principal’s Nominees (PDF, 397KB)

What is a derived grade? (PDF, 397KB)

Illness, injuries or events considered (PDF, 397KB)

Long-term illness, ongoing conditions or trauma (PDF, 397KB)

Outbreak of notifiable diseases (PDF, 397KB)

Making an application (PDF, 397KB)

What evidence needs to be provided? (PDF, 397KB)

Candidates selected for national representation (PDF, 397KB)

Common questions on eligibility criteria (PDF, 397KB)

Derived Grades for unexpected events (PDF, 397KB)

2023 Derived Grade application form (PDF, 397KB)

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The derived grade process (PDF, 397KB)

What can be applied for: (PDF, 397KB)

Temporary illness, injury, trauma or serious event (PDF, 397KB)

Significant conditions or events occurring after 1 October (PDF, 397KB)

Portfolio subjects (PDF, 397KB)

Outbreak of notifiable disease such as measles, mumps or whooping cough (PDF, 397KB)

Injuries to arm or hand (PDF, 397KB)

Long-term illness, ongoing conditions or trauma (PDF, 397KB)

National Representation Selection (PDF, 397KB)

The application process: (PDF, 397KB)

Making a candidate application (PDF, 397KB)

Evidence requirements (PDF, 397KB)

Declined and appeal process (PDF, 397KB)

Roles within the application process (PDF, 397KB)

Derived grade quality assurance processes (PDF, 397KB)

Derived Grades for unexpected events (PDF, 397KB)

Guidelines to assist schools provide advice (PDF, 397KB)

Security requirements (PDF, 397KB)

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