Options for NCEA Level 1 Science

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Closes 10 Aug 2020

Options for NCEA Level 1 Science

Option A: One General Science subject with four standards (as included in the Provisional Subject List for NCEA Level 1)

  • Based on the work of the Science Subject Expert Group in the Trial and Pilot process, this broadly consists of:

 

Option B: One General Science subject plus two specialised Science subjects (12 standards in total)

  • This option would continue with the Nature of Science-focused General Science, but would also add two further subjects of four standards, each composed of two of the contextual strands. This would likely include two standards from each strand, one internally and one externally assessed.
  • While divided into subjects, courses can still be developed using standards from across the subjects, including the Nature of Science Standards. Each science learning area has 50% internal and 50% external assessment, consistent with the NCEA change proposal.
  • An example of these subjects would be:

 

Option C - One General Science Subject plus four specialised Science Subjects (20 standards in total)

  • This option also maintains the Nature of Science-focused General Science course, but includes a specific subject for each of the contextual strands. A specific subject could be used to assess a course, or standards from across subjects could be used. The approach of 50% internal and 50% external assessment would apply.
  • An example of these subjects would be:

 

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Feedback on Option A (one subject)

Please consider:

  • What are the positives and negatives of this option?
  • Do you believe it meets the seven criteria, particularly the vision of NCEA Level 1 as a broader, foundational qualification?
  • If this approach is finalised, what could the Ministry and Subject Expert Groups do to ensure all schools are able to teach Science effectively?
Feedback on Option B (three subjects)

Please consider:

  • What are the positives and negatives of this option?
  • Do you believe it meets the seven criteria, particularly the vision of NCEA Level 1 as a broader, foundational qualification?
  • If this approach is finalised, what could the Ministry and Subject Expert Groups do to ensure all schools are able to teach Science effectively?
  • For this option, what would you think would be the best combination of contextual strands to incorporate into each of the two subjects?
    • The example above suggests Physics and Chemistry make up one subject matrix and Biology and Earth and Space Science the other. Would different combinations fit together more naturally (e.g. Chemistry and Biology)?
Feedback on Option C (five subjects)

Please consider:

  • What are the positives and negatives of this option?
  • Do you believe it meets the seven criteria, particularly the vision of NCEA Level 1 as a broader, foundational qualification?
  • If this approach is finalised, what could the Ministry and Subject Expert Groups do to ensure all schools are able to teach Science effectively?