Qualifications and standards

Review of Special Education Unit Standards 2019

Consultation on seven reviewed standards

Consultation closes 10 May 2019

NZQA National Qualification Services (NQS) is seeking your feedback on proposed changes to seven reviewed unit standards from the Special Education subfield.

The key changes proposed include:

  • expiring standards 7282 and 9143
  • reducing levels for standards 9135 and 9144
  • developing three new standards
  • clarifying intent and reflecting current inclusive education practice and terminology, including in the naming of the classification.

See the consultation page for more information.


We invite comment on any aspect of these reviewed standards. Please send your responses to nqs@nzqa.govt.nz by Friday 10 May 2019.

The feedback will be used to further develop the standards to ensure that they meet the needs of the sector.

Thank you in advance for your help. We look forward to hearing from you.

Review of 7310 and 7302

In March 2019, new versions of standards 7310 (reviewed) and 7302 (reviewed and designated expiring) were listed.

Special Education >Assessment and Programming in Special Education

ID Level Credit Title
7302 4 6 Assist with programmes in education settings for young people with oral language disorders (Expiring 31 December 2020)
7310 4 4 Assist in reading programmes for young people with reading difficulties

Main changes

  • Standard 7302 was designated expiring without replacement (very low usage over the last 6 years and no indicated intention to use it).
  • Standard 7310 was amended to reflect the new template, where Explanatory notes are renamed Guidance information, and Evidence requirements become Performance criteria.
  • Changes were made to guidance information to remove reference to outdated guidelines and to clarify the requirements of the standard.

See the Review of Special Education unit standards change report for more details.


For further information on the review or to join the email consultation network, email nqs@nzqa.govt.nz

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