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NZQA Announces Policy On Reporting NCEA Results

1 July 2004


Qualifications Authority Announces Policy On Reporting Results

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has announced its position on the reporting of NCEA results, following several months’ consultation.

Chief Executive Karen Van Rooyen says schools will report both achieved and not achieved results for internal assessment to students in school reports. The Authority will report achieved and not achieved results for external assessment to students on the Authority website.

Interim result notices will show only achieved standards for internally and externally assessed standards. Previously, interim result notices recorded achieved and not achieved standards.

Ms Van Rooyen said the Authority needed to clarify the policy to ensure all data about student achievement was consistent. The policy was developed after extensive consultation with schools, other education groups and some members of the public. Two-thirds of responses expressed a preference for not reporting not achieved results to the Authority.

“The new policy means that interim result notices will be consistent, showing only achieved standards for internally and externally assessed standards, as is the case for the Record of Learning,” said Karen Van Rooyen.

“The only way to present a consistent picture is to report what students have actually achieved. For most students, the extent to which they pass or fail actually reflects how challenged the student has been by the programme developed by the school. To report failure in that context would be inconsistent as the challenges posed by schools programmes vary markedly.

“It’s important students know when they haven’t achieved so they can work on improving their performance. They are fully aware of their progress because the school records both achieved and not achieved results in school reports,” said Karen Van Rooyen.

“Students know whether they have achieved in external assessment because the Authority sends back the marked examination papers. All externally assessed results will be available to candidates via the secure learner login on the Authority website


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