NCEA trials new literacy and numeracy tests, to low pass rates

Dr Michael Johnston
Newstalk ZB - Heather Du Plessis-Allan Drive
7 September, 2022

There are some worryingly low pass results in a NCEA literacy and numeracy trial.

Year 10 students have trialled the test, which will be made compulsory for year 11 students in 2024.

Michael Johnston, a senior Fellow at The NZ Initiative, states that the tests were designed to reflect real world usage of reading, writing, and numeracy, and the reason why the students are under performing is attributed to teaching methods.

“For decades, we’ve been pursuing methods of teaching reading and writing and numeracy, that are not as effective as they could be.”


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