NCEA Information for Earthquake Affected Schools

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NCEA Information for Earthquake Affected Schools
by Marinda van Vuuren - Monday, 29 August 2011, 12:05 PM

NCEA Information for Earthquake Affected Schools 

In response to the earthquakes in Christchurch on February 22 and June 13 NZQA has developed a number of initiatives to support Christchurch students who are affected by the earthquake. They have met with schools on a number of occasions this year to gain an understanding of the needs of students in schools who are earthquake affected, and recently they also met with student leaders to outline the initiatives for the NCEA examinations in 2011. 

These initiatives are in recognition of the reduced time for teaching, learning and assessment as a result of school closures following both earthquakes, shortened school days and the on-going disruption, difficulties and stress caused by the earthquake and the aftershocks. 

Burnside High School has been site sharing with Avonside Girls High School since March. This has meant that the students have had a shorter school day and are not receiving as much teaching time as they would in a normal year. This means that all of the students attending Burnside High School before or after 22 February are defined as students in an earthquake affected school. 

Derived grade 

For external assessment, an Earthquake Impaired Derived Grade process will be established. This process applies to all Burnside High School students. 

A set of grades, based on school exams or portfolio work in Art and Graphics, will be sent to NZQA in November. Students will receive the better of their end of year NCEA exam grade or the Earthquake Impaired Derived Grade. i.e. a student may have a derived grade of Excellence for a standard in the NCEA exam and a grade of Merit in the actual NCEA exam. The derived grade of Excellence will count because it is higher. 

It is important to note, that to be eligible to be considered for an Earthquake Impaired Derived Grade for a standard, a student must:

·         be present at the NCEA examination session, and

·         make an attempt to answer the paper. 

Unless both of these conditions are met the student will not be eligible to be considered for a derived grade for the standard(s). For example, if a candidate leaves the bulk of a standard in the NCEA exam unanswered, or writes nonsense or doodles, this would not constitute a genuine attempt. 

As the Earthquake Impaired Derived Grade will be based on the school exams it is essential that students do their very best in these. Study and preparation for the school exams is crucial. 

Course Endorsement 

In 2011 Course Endorsement has been modified slightly for earthquake affected schools. NZQA has decided to maintain the requirement to gain 14 credits at Merit or Excellence to be awarded course endorsement. But there is no longer a requirement that three of the 14 credits be internally assessed and three be externally assessed. All 14 credits can be from externally assessed standards or from internally assessed standards. 

Credit inclusion 

Year 13 students who have narrowly missed being awarded their Level 3 NCEA or University Entrance may apply for up to six unspecified credits towards their level 3 NCEA. Three of these unspecified credits may also be used towards the 42 credits required for University Entrance. 

These unspecified credits will not be assigned to any subject or course and they will not contribute to either the University Entrance literacy or numeracy requirement. 

Applications will be made after the release of results in January, with a closing date of 17 February. Students will need to obtain a strong supporting statement from their school as part of the application process. Universities will be advised where unspecified credits were used towards University Entrance.


If you have any further questions then please feel free to contact Tim Grocott, Deputy Principal.