Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) – Provisional NCEA Level 1 Subject List

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Closes 20 Jul 2020

Provisional NCEA Level 1 Subject List Questionnaire

Part of the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) and NCEA Review

February 2020

Please read the following information before completing the questions.

Introduction

In 2018, the Ministry talked to New Zealanders about their experiences with NCEA. We received over 16,000 individual points of feedback and heard that students don’t always get access to clear, quality pathways through NCEA and sometimes miss out on valuable learning.

In May 2019, the Government announced seven changes to NCEA and the Change Package was agreed in-principle. To deliver Change 6 Show clearer pathways to further education and employment and Change 7 Keep NCEA Level 1 as an optional level, a new Level 1 subject list has been developed.

Since May 2019, we have hosted over 100 engagements, including 30 public hui around the country going into detail on the Change Package. We have received positive feedback through these engagements, with New Zealanders telling us that they agree with the changes. We also heard that students value access to learning across the breadth of the curriculum and not closing doors to pathways too early.

Following this engagement, the changes have been recently confirmed by the Government. Cabinet has agreed to retain NCEA Level 1, refocused to support a broad, foundational education while Levels 2 and 3 promote greater specialisation.  (see February tab) The goal of these changes is to ensure every student gets fair and equal access to the full range of possible quality pathways through NCEA and beyond.

The provisional NCEA Level 1 subject list is part of the development work being done for the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) which starts this year. This will build on the work we did last year with subject experts to trial the approach to developing NCEA subjects with four subjects initially – Science, English, Visual Arts and Religious Studies (all currently included on the proposed Level 1 list). The trial process has enabled us to draw on the experience and expertise of secondary teachers, tertiary providers and industry practitioners to determine the best way to work with the sector as we rebuild achievement standards and resources across all subjects.  

Criteria for the Provisional Subject List for NCEA Level 1 (New Zealand Curriculum)

The provisional subject list has been developed using the following set of criteria applied holistically by the Ministry:

  1. How the subject fits with the policy vision of a broader, foundational NCEA Level 1 with increasing specialisation at Levels 2 and 3.
  2. The extent to which the subject supports the inclusion of important and rich learning from the National Curriculum, with as little overlap as possible.
  3. The extent to which the subject supports coherent and robust pathways into NCEA Level 2 and further study or training.
  4. The extent the subject contributes to supporting schools to create well designed and coherent local curricula, which support pathways for individual learners.
  5. Demand for a subject and the sector’s capability to deliver the subject.
  6. How the subject supports the Crown’s obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  7. How the subject supports the credibility of NCEA as a qualification overall among stakeholders, including its credibility as an internationally recognised qualification.

Student usage data for the current achievement standards was considered as well as subject and standard enrolment data collected by the Ministry of Education during the July roll returns. This provided a sense of how subjects were delivered by schools.

Provisional subject list

Table 1 below shows the relationships between the subjects in the current state and the subjects in the target state sorted by Learning Area in the New Zealand Curriculum.

Learning Area

Current subject list

Target subject list

English

English

English

Te Reo Māori

Te Reo Māori

Te Reo Māori

The Arts

Dance

Dance

Drama

Drama

Music

Music

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Art History

Not included

-

Māori Performing Arts

Health and Physical Education

Health

Health and Physical Education

Physical Education

Home Economics

Food Science

Learning Languages

Cook Island Māori

Cook Island Māori

New Zealand Sign Language

New Zealand Sign Language

French

French

German

German

Japanese

Japanese

Korean

Korean

Tongan

Tongan

Mandarin

Mandarin

Samoan

Samoan

Spanish

Spanish

Latin

Not included

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics

Science

Biology

Science

Chemistry

Earth and Space Science

Physics

Science

Agricultural and Horticultural Science

Agricultural and Horticultural Science

Social Sciences

History

History[1]

Classical Studies

Geography

Geography

Economics

Commerce[2]

Business Studies

Accounting

Social Studies

Social Studies[3]

Media Studies

Psychology

Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Technology

Technology

Integrated through new Technology subjects

Construction and Mechanical Technology

Materials Technology

Design and Visual Communication

Design and Visual Communication

Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies

Processing Technologies

Food Science (with Home Economics see above)

 

[1] Art History and Classical Studies only supported as possible contexts within history to a low degree.

[2] Note that Level 1 Commerce is likely to have very little Accounting content due to the practical constraints of the subject and the ability to access the subject directly at Level 2 in most settings.

[3] Media Studies and Psychology only supported as possible contexts for Social Studies.

Table 2 below shows the subjects derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa which are under development.

Te Reo Rangatira

Hangarau

Pāngarau

Ngā Mahi ā Te Rēhia

Tikanga ā-Iwi

Toi Ataata

Pūtaiao

Toi Puoro

Hauora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questionnaire

You are invited to answer the questions below on the Ministry’s proposed subject list for NCEA Level 1. We would value feedback from any interested individuals, whānau and groups including: teachers, parents, students, subject associations, industry organisations, the Māori community and the Pacific community.                                    

If you choose to include comments in your response, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Keep your answers succinct, feel free to use bullet points.
  • As a guide, try to keep your answers to 300 words or less and directly address the question.
  • Be constructive; in cases where you have concerns, please include suggestions for alternatives/solutions.

Informing you about the changes and giving you the opportunity to tell us what you think are key objectives of the online questionnaire. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback.

1. Were you aware about the intended change to support a broad, more foundational education at NCEA Level 1, while subjects at Levels 2 and 3 would promote greater specialisation? (refer to Table 1 above)
(Required)
2. To what extent do you support the Ministry’s proposed subjects for NCEA Level 1? (subjects to be made available, derived/aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum)
(Required)
3. Do you have any feedback on the subjects included or not included? (if you are suggesting changes please provide your rationale/reasons)
4. Are there further specialist subjects that you would like the Ministry to consider for development at NCEA Levels 2 and 3?
5. Are you familiar with the content of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa? (the New Zealand Curriculum in te reo Māori)
(Required)
6. If you answered ‘yes’ to Question 4, do you have any feedback on the subjects that are under development for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa? (refer to Table 2 above)