NZQA will implement three key changes for 2020:

• Students working towards an NCEA can gain additional credits, based on the number of credits they achieve during the 2020 school year. For every 5 credits a student achieves towards their NCEA through internal or external assessment, they can be awarded an additional 1 credit. Students at NCEA Level 1 are eligible for up to a maximum of 10 additional credits while those at Levels 2 and 3 are eligible for up to a maximum of 8 additional credits. These will be known as Learning Recognition (LR) credits.

• Students
will be awarded a certificate endorsement if they achieve 46 credits at Merit
or Excellence level, rather than the usual 50. Students achieving 12 credits at
Merit or Excellence level in a course – rather than 14 – will be awarded a
course endorsement.

• Current
UE requirements have been reduced to 12 credits in three UE-approved subjects,
from 14 credits in three approved subjects. Students still need to attain NCEA
Level 3 and meet the literacy and numeracy requirement to be awarded University
Entrance.

The changes will mean students continue to be well prepared for tertiary study, vocational education, or employment.

Students will still need to work hard to complete the required numbers of credits, but it is really pleasing that NZQA has recognised that the shortened time at school has made students anxious and worried about their ability to stay on track. We are hopeful that this announcement will alleviate our students’ concerns.