Much current critique of NCEA tacitly or explicitly harks back to a mythical ‘golden age’ in which high-stakes assessment was fair, easily understood, and generally seen as unproblematic. However the complex issues that have made NCEA controversial in its first decade largely predate its inception. They might appear in different guise within the current assessment system but it would be wrong to say NCEA was causal in most cases. The project elaborates on this argument via a spiraling sequence of themes that begin with a discussion of the specific issue pre-NCEA and continue through to the present day and future challenges that can be anticipated. Each theme is one chapter of the book that will constitute the major project output. The project is a collaboration between Drs. Mark Sheehan and Michael Johnson from Victoria University of Wellington and Dr. Rose Hipkins from NZCER.
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