Educational News

Top school drops Cambridge exams

Westlake Boys switches to ‘excellent’ NCEA in move hailed as vote of confidence in criticised qualification. The principal who introduced Cambridge exams to New Zealand says he believes the qualification still has a place here, as a top school opts out. Former Auckland Grammar headmaster John Morris

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Younger students face testing times

School students face more testing after the Education Minister revealed options to assess pupils aged 13 and 14. Principals have questioned the move and are worried about over-assessing eating into teaching time. The belief that better use of data can help lift students’ achievement has been a

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High school exams moving online

100 schools to offer paper in digital format, with more subjects to follow. High school students will be sitting exams on computers by the end of this year. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is offering an NCEA maths paper in a digital format, following a successful pilot

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Students advised to build ‘wiggle room’ into credits

More than 20 per cent of students who applied but failed last year to enter university have managed to fight their way back in or have enrolled in a university bridging programme to get up to speed. Nine hundred school leavers who applied to go to university

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Meet the maths brain of New Zealand

Tristan Owain Pang of Auckland smiles mischievously when you ask him what his favourite subject is. “I like them all … but obviously I’m quite good at maths.” The 10-year-old Ficino School pupil is being modest. Last year he sat the IGCSE mathematics exam through the Cambridge

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Maths whiz reaches high to keep up with the big kids

Jensen Au Yeung was doing basic maths by 2 and algebra by 3. Now aged 10, the Auckland boy is making friends with teenagers after skipping five grades at school. Jensen, who loves Lego, his dog Fluffy, and also plays representative football, moved to ACG Senior College

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All about NCEA

What is NCEA? How is the NCEA graded? Where does the NCEA results data come from? and more… The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) replaced School Certificate, Sixth Form Certificate, and Bursary (University Entrance), as the national qualification for New Zealand’s senior secondary school students. NCEA

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Editorial: Lower University Entrance pass rate a wake up call for system

From the moment today’s school examination system was conceived in the 1980s there were fears that standards would be “dumbed down”. Education was to be made more “accessible” at all levels. Examinations set nationally and marked blindly would give way to assessment of pupils’ work by teachers

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