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On this page you will find NZQA quality assured assessment resources to support internally assessed Level 1, 2, and 3 registered achievement standards for English aligned with The New Zealand Curriculum (2007).


Assessment resources adapted for remote use

Word icon. English AS91475 3.4R (Word, 142 KB)


Find more resources for schools and teachers to support NCEA students with English distance learning during COVID-19.



Assessments for English achievement standards - what language to use

English is about the study, use and enjoyment of the English language and is assessed through the medium of English. English rather than Te Reo Māori or other languages, is the primary language to be used when responding to learning outcomes assessed through the English achievement standards (internally and externally assessed standards).

All teaching practices focus on the student at the centre of learning. Teachers make deliberate choices with regard to students’ interests and needs and the relevance of what
is to be studied and how best to support students in their learning response.

It is expected that teachers will use their professional judgement about the use of phrases in Te Reo Māori or any other language. The use of Te Reo Māori or other languages is
appropriate in written, oral and visual language where it is used to ‘create meaning and effect’ or to reflect a specific context or for a specific audience. In these contexts, Te Reo
Māori or other languages may be used to open in oratory contexts, or in written or visual responses to demonstrate characterisation, context and setting or for other effects. In
these situations it is expected that the majority of the student response is in English.

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