Saturday, April 13, 2024

Literacy, numeracy to line up with NCEA changes

New literacy and numeracy | te reo matatini me te pāngarau standards will be aligned with wider NCEA changes following feedback from the sector, Associate Minister of Education, Jan Tinetti today confirmed.

“The education sector has asked for more time to put the literacy and numeracy | te reo matatini me te pāngarau standards in place, so the Government has agreed to implement the change from the beginning of 2024,” Ms Tinetti said.

“Having being given ministerial responsibility for schooling operations, I want to make sure that the government continues to work closely with the sector and this is a good example of that.”

The new standards will align with the wider NCEA changes, including simplifying NCEA from an 80-credit qualification to a 60-credit qualification and implementing the new NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards.

The new literacy and numeracy | te reo matatini me te pāngarau co-requisites were the subject of a mini-pilot in 2021 and are currently being piloted by more than 200 secondary schools, kura and tertiary providers.

As this year’s pilot is much more representative, the Ministry will have the opportunity to make sure they work for schools and students and make any adjustments needed ahead of implementation in 2024, Minister Tinetti said.

“Schools can still opt in to have the NCEA literacy and numeracy standards in place from next year, so they can prepare.”

“We are giving those schools that want a little more time to put them in place, the opportunity to do that. Many schools are also still dealing with COVID-19, and this ensures there is no additional pressure on staff or students.

 “It also gives schools and kura an opportunity to engage with the Literacy, Communication and Maths Strategy and Hei Raukura Mō te Mokopuna ahead of mandatory implementation,” she said. 

The new standards will be a co-requisite to the qualification, meaning a student will need to pass them in order to be awarded an NCEA, but can complete them at any time during their NCEA studies.

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