- Each year, students study a number of courses or subjects. (E.g. Level 1 Maths)
- In each subject, skills and knowledge are taught according to topics, and assessed against a number of standards. For example, a Mathematics standard could be:
- E.g. Apply geometric reasoning in solving problems
- Schools use a range of internal and external assessments to measure how well students meet these standards.
- When a student achieves a standard, they gain the number of credits.
- Students must achieve a certain number of credits to gain an NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 certificate.
- The above diagram shows how five subjects (English, Math, Science, Music & History)
- Are divided up into four different topics/standards
- Each standard is worth 5 credits
- There are two internal assessments and two external assessments per subject (maximum)
| Internal|| External||5|| Credits|
|How Many Credits Do I Need?|
- NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 will each become 60-credit qualifications
- The Literacy/Numeracy Co-Requisite sits alongside the NCEA qualification, and will become mandatory from 2024
- Learners will only be awarded an NCEA qualification once they have met the 20-credit co-requisite
- Learners need to complete the co-requisite only once.
- For each topic that a student studies, they will complete the learning and then sit an assessment – the assessment is based on a standard
- Each standard describes what a student needs to know, or what they must be able to achieve, in order to meet the standard
- Each standard has a defined credit value. (based on difficulty, time required to learn master knowledge/skills etc.
- As students study new topics, their teachers will explain what will be assessed and how. Teachers ensure that students are prepared for assessment.
- Assessments measure what a student knows or can do against the criteria of a standard
|Level 1 Mathematics (2024)|
|Standard No.||Standard Title||Credits|
|1.1||Explore data using a statistical enquiry process||5|
|1.2||Use mathematical methods to explore problems that relate to life in Aotearoa New Zealand or the Pacific||5|
|1.3||Interpret and apply mathematical and statistical information in context||5|
|1.4||Demonstrate mathematical reasoning||5|
|Are there Different Types of Standards?|
- Achievement standards are curriculum based
- Unit standards are competency based
- Achievement Standards
- Majority of standards offered at Onslow through typical subjects (English, Math etc.)
- Not Achieved, Achieved, Merit, Excellence
- Unit Standards
- Vocational and workplace-based standards offered through Gateway, Trades Academy & Duke of Edinburgh programme
- Numeracy and Literacy standards
- Not Achieved or Achieved
|How is a Standard Graded?|
- The grades that a student can earn depend on the type of standard being assessed.
- For unit standards all grades may be available, but usually there are just two grades:
- Achieved (A) for meeting the criteria of the standard
- Not achieved (N) if a student does not meet the criteria of the standard
- For achievement standards, there are four grades:
- Achieved (A) for a satisfactory performance
- Merit (M) for very good performance
- Excellence (E) for outstanding performance
- Not achieved (N) if students do not meet the criteria of the standard
|1.1 Explore data using a statistical enquiry process|
|Explore data using a statistical enquiry process||Explore data using a statistical enquiry process with statistical justification||Explore data using a statistical enquiry process with statistical insight|
(ACHIEVED) Explore data using a statistical enquiry process involves:
- describing sources of variation in the data collection process
- presenting the data using at least one appropriate visualisation
- describing features of the data in context with reference to at least one appropriate visualisation.
(MERIT) Explore data using a statistical enquiry process with statistical justification involves:
- connecting ideas within the statistical enquiry process to complete an investigation
- justifying features of the data in context using visualisations and measures.
(EXCELLENCE) Explore data using a statistical enquiry process with statistical insight involves:
- incorporating statistical and contextual knowledge in the completed investigation, including reflecting on the statistical enquiry process.
|What are Internal & External Standards?|
- Assessment that requires practical performance, equipment or extended time
- Assessed by classroom teacher with national moderation
- Internal = Marked by Onslow College
- Written/digital exams, Portfolios, Video Submissions, Timed Tests etc.
- Assessed by an outside marker contracted by NZQA
- External = Marked by NZQA
|Level 1 Mathematics (2024)|
|Standard No.||Standard Title||Credits||Internal/External|
|1.1||Explore data using a statistical enquiry process||5||Internal|
|1.2||Use mathematical methods to explore problems that relate to life in Aotearoa New Zealand or the Pacific||5||Internal|
|1.3||Interpret and apply mathematical and statistical information in context||5||External|
|1.4||Demonstrate mathematical reasoning||5||External|
- In the new NCEA (Level 1 2024, Level 2 2026, Level 3 2027 the number of credits per standard/assessment will be more consistent
- For the current NCEA, the number of credits per standard vary
- Typically, credit values range between 2 and 7 (Visual Art externals are the exception)
- Most standards have a credit value of 3-4
- Most subjects offer between 16 to 22 credits
- NOTE: Regardless of if a student is awarded an Achieved, Merit or Excellence, they receive the same number of credits per standard
- Certificate Endorsements (overall e.g. NCEA L1 with Excellence)
- 50 credits at Merit or above (or) 50 credits at Excellence
- Can be gained across more than one year
- CourseEndorsements (per subject e.g. L1 Maths with Excellence)
- 14 credits at Merit or above (or) 14 credits at Excellence
- Can only be gained in one calendar year
- Must include at least 3 credits from an external
For further information please check out the Onslow College NCEA Information Evening Slideshow or email [email protected]