Literacy and Numeracy unit standards

Proposed revision of Literacy and Numeracy unit standards

NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS) proposes to revise the current Literacy and Numeracy unit standards:

  • 26622  Write to communicate ideas for a purpose and audience
  • 26623  Use number to solve problems
  • 26624  Read texts with understanding
  • 26625  Actively participate in spoken interactions
  • 26626  Interpret statistical information for a purpose
  • 26627  Use measurement to solve problems.

They require review or revision in 2021.

The Ministry of Education has developed new Literacy and Numeracy standards as part of the change package for the National Certificates in Educational Achievement (NCEA) (refer below for more information).  Therefore it is proposed not to formally review the six current standards at this stage.  Instead it is proposed to revise them, and to relist them to prolong their currency, for review when the Ministry’s new standards are registered.  The next planned review date is likely to be in 2024 or 2025.

The present revision will address known issues, including transferring the standards to the new format and removing the reference to the digital assessment tool from 26623 and 26624.

All stakeholders are invited to comment on this proposal to revise the standards at this time.

All stakeholders are also invited to contribute to the revision by:

  • suggesting other matters to consider
  • joining the e-mail stakeholder network to receive updates and to comment on matters that arise
  • indicating a willingness to be more actively involved in the revision if that is called for.

Stakeholder contributions are invited at any time, but will be most valuable if received by Thursday 22 April 2021, to directly inform the revision.

Contributions and questions are to be sent to

Thank you in advance for your help.

Proposed new assessment standards

As part of the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Change Package, new English-medium Literacy and Numeracy assessment standards have been developed by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and are being piloted during 2021. Further information is available at the MoE’s Citizen Space website.


Resources and links

Completed review

May 2017 – Review of Literacy and Numeracy unit standards

Details are available in the May 2017 Review of Literacy and Numeracy unit standards change report.


For more information and/or comments regarding these unit standards, please email:

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