NCEA Assessment Handbook


NCEA ASSESSMENT BOOKLET 2020


What is NCEA?


New Zealand’s national qualification for secondary school learners is the National Certificate of Educational Achievement. NCEA is a qualification on The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). NCEA is recognised by employers, and used for selection by universities and polytechnics, both in New Zealand and overseas.

NCEA is a standard-based form of assessment. Standards have been set in each area of
learning. When students achieve these standards they earn credits toward their NCEA
qualification. Some courses will have Unit Standards, which allow for an Achieved result. In
school curriculum subjects with Achievement Standards, they can gain an Achieved, Merit
or Excellence grade.

In each subject, different skills, knowledge and understanding are assessed separately. Each aspect can earn a different number of credits. This allows students to have an accurate record of their learning and skills.


NCEA qualifications


There are three NCEA qualifications: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.

For a student to be awarded NCEA Level 1 they must achieve 80 credits. Of these 80 credits, 10 specific literacy credits must be achieved in order to meet the literacy requirements and 10 credits must be achieved in specified numeracy standards. Students can meet these requirements by achieving unit standards in literacy and numeracy or by achieving specified achievement standards.

For a student to be awarded NCEA Level 2 they must achieve:

  • 60 credits at Level 2 or above; plus
  • 20 credits at any level
  • Level 1 literacy and numeracy

For a student to be awarded NCEA Level 3, they must achieve:

  • 60 credits are Level 3 or above; plus
  • 20 credits at Level 2 or above
  • Level 1 literacy and numeracy

Students are able to gain NCEA certificates endorsed with Merit or Excellence. A student
who has gained 50 credits at Merit and/or Excellence level will qualify for the respective

endorsement.

A course endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally
well in an individual course. The key objective of a course endorsement is to motivate

students to achieve their potential in one or more courses.

Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:

  • 14 or more credits at Merit and/or Excellence
  • at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards (with the exception of some subjects such as Visual Arts, Religious Studies or Physical Education, which are only internally assessed)


Reporting Not Achieved Results


If students are given a Not Achieved grade for internal unit or achievement standards, this

will be reported on their Record of Achievement.

In addition, school-leavers can also see their School Results Summary, which will list every standard attempted by students during their time at school, and what results they achieved. This will include Not Achieved results.


University Entrance


  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three university approved subjects at Level 3, made up of 14 credits
  • Literacy, 10 credits (5 reading/5 writing) at Level 2 or above, from a specified list of standards
  • Numeracy, 10 credits at Level 1 or above


School Assessment Procedures


It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements regarding

their assessments.


Internal Assessments


Absences Due to Accident, Illness or Bereavement

All absences must be explained by a communication to the school from the parent or

guardian of the student concerned.

Where a student is ill on the due date of an assessment:

  • the school must be notified of illness by parent/caregiver
  • a medical certificate will be required
  • if possible, the assessment is to be delivered to the front office or emailed to the teacher

Where a student is ill and the internal assessment takes place over a number of lessons.

  • the school must be notified of illness by parent/caregiver
  • a medical certificate will be required, this will allow a student to be withdrawn from the standard or, if manageable, a suitable alternative could be arranged.
  • if a student is absent and does not complete the assessment with no medical certificate then they will receive a Not Achieved grade.


Where a student is ill on the day of a one day internal assessment:

  • the school must be notified of illness by parent/caregiver
  • a medical certificate will be required, this will allow a student to be withdrawn from the standard
  • if a student is absent with no medical certificate then they will receive a Not Achieved grade
  • if the student attempts the test, then they will receive the grade earned

Missed Assessments


Missed assessments will result in a Not Achieved grade.

Teachers are not expected to provide further assessment opportunities for missed

assessments.

If a student is absent due to a school event, such as a field trip, work placement, missions trip, cultural or sporting activity, then they must inform their teacher in advance, whereby resolution may be worked out with the Head of Department, in consultation with the Assistant Head of Secondary Curriculum and the Principal’s Nominee. This may involve the student being withdrawn from the standard, or an alternative arrangement made to complete the assessment task.

If a student is absent because they are a national representative, then the school must be informed in advance and a resolution can be worked out with the Head of Department, in consultation with the Assistant Head of Secondary Curriculum and the Principal’s Nominee. This may involve the student being withdrawn from the standard, or an alternative arrangement made to complete the assessment task.


Late Submission for Assignments

A medical certificate must be provided for a ‘Late Submission Form’ to be processed.

Any Late Submission Form application for a non-medical, school-related reason or a national representative, must be negotiated at least 48 hours prior to the due date.

The length of extension is generally one day for every day absent. Extensions may begranted if it is manageable to extend the due date.


Grade Appeals


If a student is dissatisfied with their grade they should first speak with their subject teacher. If the issue is not resolved, then they have 48 hours to submit an appeal request form with the Head of Department. This form can either be provided by the subject teacher or the Head of Department.

External Assessments

Trial Examinations


Trial examination grades will be reported in the end of year report. These will inform
derived grades for external examinations, if appropriate.


Not all external standards may be covered during trial examinations, these may be
completed during regular class time.


Derived Grades


Derived grades are intended for individual students and must be applied for. They are for
candidates who, just before or during the examinations, suffer a temporary illness/injury,
trauma or an event beyond their control.


Applications must be supported with independent evidence to justify the application.
NZQA’s Derived Grade Team evaluates all applications based on the information provided
against the derived grade eligibility criteria. Declined applications can be appealed.


A derived grade does not apply for long-term illnesses. NZQA considers these to be catered
for by Special Assessment Conditions. See NZQA Special Conditions information for parents
and caregivers.


Derived grade applications close early December. See NZQA Derived Grade handbook.


If a student is absent from an external examination due to being a national representative
during the time of the examination then the student must request pre-approval from NZQA
before November 1st.


Derived grades requests, approved by NZQA, will be based on end of topic tests and trial
examinations conducted under exam conditions for complete standards.


Authenticity of Work


It is important that all students are rewarded by only their own efforts, especially where the awarding of national qualifications takes place. Students must indicate their compliance with the Authenticity statement before any work will be marked and reported on.

Copying of work is not allowed under any circumstances. Any occurrence of cheating and
copying will be viewed seriously by the College. It is important to remember that where this takes place knowingly then both parties are to blame. Copying also includes plagiarism
where work is copied inappropriately from another source, downloading essays, copying
and pasting and using any translation media.

Where a teacher suspects that the assessment item is not authentic, the teacher will retain the evidence of the breach and inform the Head of Department. Where the Head of
Department finds that a breach has occurred they will notify the parent/caregiver and the
student’s work will be awarded a Not Achieved. The Head of Department may refer to the
Assistant Head of Secondary – Senior Curriculum and the Principal’s Nominee.


Academic Deans


Year 10 & 11

Ms Helen Pye
[email protected]

Year 12

Mr Michael Shadbolt
[email protected]

Year 13

Mrs Miriam McFarlane
[email protected]

International

Mrs Esther Blears
[email protected]





Updated: May 2020

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