NCEA Review

The National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is a trusted and well regarded qualification, but like all qualifications listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, it requires periodic review.

We’re reviewing NCEA this year to ensure that it remains fit for purpose and continues to support young people to succeed on a diverse range of pathways. The review will consider NCEA in both English and Māori-medium settings and we’ll be consulting widely from April 2018. We expect to complete the review by the end of 2018.

The Terms of Reference of the review were announced by the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins on 14 December 2017. 

Ministerial Advisory Group

The NCEA Review Ministerial Advisory Group, appointed by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins, will play an active role advising the Minister and Ministry of Education throughout the review. The Advisory Group will also lead the development of a discussion document on NCEA, which will form the basis for public consultation. The discussion document will be released in April 2018.

The Advisory Group brings a diverse range of skills and experience relevant to the NCEA review – ranging from youth advocacy to student assessment, secondary-tertiary pathways and Māori-medium education – along with a broad understanding of secondary schooling in New Zealand.

The Advisory Group was announced by Minister Hipkins in January 2018. 

Ministerial Advisory Group members

Jeremy Baker (Chair) is Chief Insight Officer at Beef and Lamb NZ. He has participated in a range of senior education system advisory and working groups and has education sector experience including positions held with the Industry Training Federation, Learning State and Lincoln University.

Barbara Cavanagh is the principal of Huntly College. She was the foundation principal of Albany Senior High School and has served as principal of Te Awamutu College and Ngāruawāhia High School. She was a member of the Ministerial Forum on Raising Student Achievement and she chaired the Professional Learning and Development Advisory Group.

Pauline Waiti is a Director at Ahu Whakamua Limited. She has previously worked as Māori Development Manager at Learning Media Limited and as Te Wāhanga Māori Manager at New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER).

Michelle Dickinson is Senior Lecturer in Chemical and Material Engineering at the University of Auckland and Director of Nanogirl Labs Ltd. Michelle is a Member of New Zealand Order of Merit (external link) , was the winner of the Women of Influence Award (external link)  for Innovation and Science in 2016, and was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leader Award  (external link) in 2015.

Jonathan Gee is National President of New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations. He was President of Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) in 2016 and has served a term on the Victoria University of Wellington Council. He has served as a youth representative on the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board of Auckland Council and as Co-chair of the local youth council.  

Arizona Leger works for Auckland University of Technology. She presented at Auckland Museum’s TEDxYouth event in 2013, speaking on multiculturalism and youth voice. She was Epsom Girls’ Grammar Head Girl in 2013 and has also served on the Auckland Museum Youth Advisory Group.

Charles Darr is a senior researcher and manager of the Assessment, Design, and Reporting (AD&R) team at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). He led the project team that developed the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool and led the psychometric programme that supported the development of the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT). Charles is part of the leadership team for the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA).

Related documents NCEA Review 2018

The following documents relate to the NCEA Review and development of Terms of Reference.

As the NCEA Review progresses further and information and documents will be added to this space.

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