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  • October 6, 2023
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Nearly Half of Teenagers Fail New NCEA Tests

The Ministry of Education recently released the results of the new NCEA tests, which were introduced earlier this year. The findings have sparked discussions and raised concerns as nearly half of the teenagers who took these tests failed.

Key Findings:

● A total of 41,000 secondary school students attempted some or all of the assessments in June, revealing pass rates of 56.3 percent in writing, 55.9 percent in numeracy, and 64.4 percent in reading

● These tests were voluntary for students in 2023, but they will become a mandatory part of the NCEA curriculum starting next year

● The pass rate for writing showed improvement compared to previous years, with rates ranging from 34 to 46 percent in trials held in 2021 and 2022

● The pass rate for numeracy remained relatively unchanged from the previous year but was lower than the 65 percent pass rate observed in 2021

● The reading pass rate was better than in September 2022 but slightly lower than in 2021, reflecting some inconsistency.

It’s essential to consider the context when interpreting these results. Over 70 percent of the students who attempted the assessments in June 2023 were in year 10. These assessments were designed to evaluate foundational skills in reading, writing, numeracy, te reo Mātatini, and pāngarau. As students and teachers become more familiar with these standards, it’s expected that achievement rates will improve with targeted teaching and learning.

Students will eventually need to pass all three of these tests to receive an NCEA qualification. Initially, the government intended to make passing these tests a requirement for any NCEA qualification starting in 2024. However, they’ve recently announced that, in 2024 and 2025, students can reach the literacy and numeracy requirement through internally-assessed standards.

The recent NCEA test results have sparked discussions about New Zealand’s education system, highlighting both achievements and challenges. While the pass rates are a cause for concern, the government’s commitment to addressing foundational skills and allowing alternative pathways for qualification demonstrates a commitment to the holistic development of students. As schools continue to adapt to these changes, it will be interesting to see how student performance evolves in the coming years.

This information was sourced from Stuff.co.nz.