Final NCEA Changes Confirmed and Provisional NCEA Level 1 Subject List Released

Official notices

Posted: 28 February 2020
Notice reference #: 1HA5wx

The Government has recently confirmed the final change package for NCEA, following a comprehensive review of NCEA and announcement of seven changes in May 2019.

There are two changes to the original proposed package and they relate to strengthening NCEA’s literacy and numeracy requirements:

  • The new, more robust, literacy and numeracy assessment will be offered to students from Y9 onwards, rather than from Y7 and 8, and
  • In some cases exceptions to a single literacy and numeracy benchmark qualification without any alternative pathways may be appropriate – particularly for students with English as their second language.

Although no changes to NCEA will be implemented in 2020, the Ministry has kicked off work to progress the changes. We’ll be working alongside teachers and other experts from the education sector, through Subject Expert Groups, to develop the new achievement standards and resources across all NCEA subjects – starting with Level 1.     

Have your say by 20 April 2020

In preparation for the Review of Achievement Standards which is planned to start later this year, the Ministry’s provisional subject list for NCEA Level 1 is now available for public feedback.

The provisional list isn’t final and we would welcome your feedback. The public engagement process is a genuine opportunity for you to have your say to the Ministry. Depending on what we hear from you, the list will then be finalised so that development work can start.

This list is designed to support Level 1 to become a broader, foundational qualification that allows students to keep their pathway options open, while Levels 2 and 3 promote opportunities for greater specialisation.

Visit our Kōrero Mātauranga website to tell us what you think about the provisional Level 1 subject list by 20 April 2020.