Assessment and NCEA

Lynfield College offers all senior students the opportunity to study and achieve NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) internal and external assessments which contribute towards New Zealand qualifications.

Teaching and learning strategies promote and encourage achievement of standards, courses and certificates at Excellence level and motivate students to do their best in order to maximise opportunities for their future tertiary study or their involvement in the workforce when they leave school. Comparisons of our results against statistics published by NZQA show that our students achieve at a level that is consistently above the national average for similar schools.

NCEA qualifications enable students to demonstrate a wide range of skills based on the New Zealand Curriculum. Lynfield College takes advantage of the flexibility of NCEA to offer a range of differentiated courses across a variety of subject areas. This allows our students to select courses that meet their learning needs and gives all students the opportunities to learn and study at levels appropriate to their level.  NCEA prepares students well for independent learning, encouraging good time management and ensuring learning strategies and study skills are developed throughout the course while offering a variety of assessment activities that cater for different learning styles.

Assessment leading towards the awarding of NCEA at Levels 1, 2 and 3 includes both formative and summative activities which are based on an assessment policy that ensures fair, valid and consistent procedures and outcomes.
 
Assessment strategies in the policy include ….
  • a range of assessment procedures and practices will be developed and these recognise the differences in gender, culture, background and experience that students bring to their learning.
  • assessment should be ongoing, accurate and as objective as possible.
  • the forms of assessment should be appropriate for the knowledge, skills or attitudes to be  assessed.
  • the assessment processes must have credibility with all those involved in it.
  • all policies and procedures relating to assessment apply to off-site work components.
  • assessment of standards on the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) will be based on evidence that the criteria for the standard have been met and that the requirements of both the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and the school’s policies have been satisfied.
 
Assessment in Years 9 and 10 is based on the rationale that there will be …
  • a development of students’ time management and other skills prior to entering qualifications where poor skills compromise achievement.
  • a measure of consistency of standards and expectations across curriculum areas.

Student Guidelines to Assessment 2016

The 2016 NZQA Assessment Timetable can be accessed from the link below:

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/qualifications-and-standards/qualifications/ncea/exam-timetable-2016.pdf
 
Curriculum