The 2nd edition of the Samoan language translation of our very popular title Understanding NCEA: A relatively short and very useful guide for secondary school students and their parents. This 2nd edition of the book was made necessary by a number of changes to the NCEA regulations over the past two years, including those related to numeracy and literacy and the University Entrance requirements.
‘E te mana’omia se tusi ina ia e malamalama i le NCEA?
O le NCEA o se polokalame lea mo tusipasi i a’oga maualuluga oloo faaaoga¯ ina e le tele o a’oga i Niu Sila. E ‘ese mai i su’ega masani oloo silafia e le to’atele o matua. E foliga e lavelave, ae maua ai e tamaiti a’oga le tele o avanoa e filifili ai poo a mata’upu latou te a’oa’oina, ae pe faapefea fo’i ona iloiloina. E fai lava si fenumia’i pe afai ae le malamalama lelei ai, aua¯ e mafia ona se’e ‘ese ai le fanau mai ni avanoa ta¯ ua ma le talafeagai faalea’oa’oga.
Afai la o oe o se tamaitiiti oloo ua sauni atu mo le NCEA, poo oe fo’i o se matua, o lenei tusi o le a maua ai le tele o faamatalaga ta¯ua ma le aoga¯ , e te malamalama lelei ai i le NCEA, ina ia e ‘ausia ou faamoemoega faalea’oa’oga.
O le lomiga lona lua o le tusi ua talafeagai, ona o le tele o suiga o aiaiga o le NCEA i le lua tausaga ua tuanai, e aofia ai vaega o le numera ma le literate [faitautusi ma le tusitusi], ma aiaiga mo le ulufale atu i Iunivesete.
If you are a Year 9 or 10 student, or a parent new to NCEA, this book is for you. It explains in plain language just how NCEA works – everything from standards, levels and credits to subject choice. It includes stories drawn from the real-life experiences of more than 100 students who have navigated various NCEA pathways. This book sets out how to make the best possible subject choices, avoid potential pitfalls and successfully prepare for further education or training. There’s also a chapter specifically for parents, with the information you need to support your children through NCEA. Written by Irena Madjar and Elizabeth McKinley of The Starpath Project at The University of Auckland, it draws on their research with secondary school teachers, students and parents from a range of different communities. With an introduction by University of Auckland Professor of Education John Hattie.
What has changed since the 2011 edition?
- Level 1 NCEA literacy and numeracy requirements: increased number of credits, specified achievement and unit standards through which these credits can be met, and provision of an additional way to meet the literacy requirement through “English for academic purposes”.
- Level 2 NCEA: new requirement for Level 1 literacy and numeracy.
- Level 3 NCEA: changes and additions to the list of Level 3 approved subjects.
- University Entrance: new literacy and numeracy requirements, increase in the requirement of approved subjects and credits, and requirement to have achieved NCEA Level 3.
- Vocational Pathways provisions: new “qualification” and newly approved “sector related standards” appear on students’ NCEA Record of Achievement when specified number and combination of credits have been achieved.
Additionally, students and parents need to be aware of:
- The requirements for course and certificate endorsements with merit and excellence and the fact that schools might or might not structure individual subjects to be eligible for endorsement.
- Changes in ranking scores and subjects needed for entry into specific programmes of study at the University of Auckland (and other universities).