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L3 alignment of NCEA with the NZC completed

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The three-stage alignment of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) with The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) has been completed.

NCEA Levels 1 to 3 are now aligned to NZC Levels 6 to 8.

Completing this alignment positions the curriculum at the heart of teaching and learning programmes for all senior secondary students.

Whatever their qualification goals all senior secondary students, including Māori and Pasifika, those with special learning needs, those who have English language learning needs and those from low socio-economic backgrounds, will benefit from the flexible pathways that NCEA offers.

The curriculum creates opportunities for teachers to design quality teaching and learning programmes which are responsive to each learner and their unique learning contexts, and which prepare them for appropriate pathways that will bring them success.

Level 3 alignment: What you need to know

The Level 3 aligned achievement standards are now registered and published with supporting assessment resources, and teaching and learning guides for all subjects.

Aligned achievement standards and support materials can be viewed online >> 

The Secondary Education Portal on TKI provides information and guidance about curriculum and NCEA, and resources to support middle leaders.

Level 3 non-aligned internally-assessed standards are valid for internal assessment only until December 2013.

All New Zealand schools need to transition to using the Level 3 aligned achievement standards fully by the start of 2014.