Literacy & Numeracy testing trial

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Naenae College has decided to participate in a trial of the new NCEA Literacy and Numeracy standards in 2023. We appreciate our community’s willingness to take part in this trial and know that this practice is vital for ensuring that our students are familiar and ready for this type of testing in the future.

Literacy and Numeracy / Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau are important foundational skills that ensure success in further learning across the curriculum, life, and work. One of the changes to NCEA, is to create new standards that will directly assess Literacy and Numeracy / Te Reo Matatini me te Pāngarau as a co-requisite for students to receive their NCEA qualification. These standards will replace the existing ways in which students gain the NCEA literacy and numeracy requirements.

The standards are set to become mandatory from 2025. This means that from 2025, all learners must achieve the Level 1 co-requisite standards (10 literacy and 10 numeracy credits) via this testing method in order to be formally awarded their NCEA qualification at any level.

Which students will be part of the Pilot this year?
● The majority of Year 10 students except for some students identified as needing further preparation and support
● Those students in LIT 100 and NUM 100 who are considered by their teachers to be ready for testing
● Those students in Year 12 and 13 who are yet to gain Level 1 Literacy and/or Numeracy

The way that this testing will be done is through a Common Assessment Activity delivered here at school by NZQA. The tests are all conducted at school using a Chromebook or a Laptop to connect to the test and are supervised by Naenae College staff.

This testing this year will take place on Tuesday 13 June with 2 sessions; 8.45am – 9.45am (Reading) and 11.15am to 1.15pm (Writing) and Wednesday 14 June during LAR and Period 2. (Numeracy). Students who are absent on either of these days will not have the opportunity for a catch-up test and will have to wait for the second opportunity later in the year.

Students who require the text-to-speech application will need to bring headphones that plug into their device.

A Scientific calculator is also required but can be borrowed from the school should a student not have one of their own.

We acknowledge that this is a trial and designed to identify any issues we might experience in delivering the testing and it is also an opportunity to sample how students experience the testing process. There will be a 2nd opportunity for students to be assessed in Term Four (30 October to 3rd November) of this year, so this is a practice run and we appreciate our students’ participation. Students can gain the Literacy and/or Numeracy co-requisite during this testing trial which will count towards their NCEA Level 1 certificate and they will not have to complete further testing this year or next – if in Year 10.

If you have any further questions, – please contact Mrs Jessica Kim Head of Mathematics on in relation to Numeracy and Mr Martin Laing on in relation to Literacy or Deputy Principal Mrs Jane Hambidge on

Helpful links:



NZQA Literacy and Numeracy

Nic Richards