Subject Expert Groups for NCEA Review ~

Expressions of interest to join Review of Achievement Standards Subject Expert Groups

Kia ora koutou,

As you are aware, the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) is planned to commence in 2020 as part of the NCEA Review Change Package.  This is to let you know in advance that we will be calling for Expressions of Interest in the Education Gazette to join subject expert groups on Monday 14 October.  This information will also be posted on the Ministry’s Education Conversation website:

All the relevant information is below and we would appreciate your support to distribute this through your networks as well.  Please note there is only a two week window for interested people to apply.  The EOI closes on Monday 28 October, 4pm.


There will be a subject expert group representing each subject derived from the New Zealand Curriculum:

  • Art History
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Music (Making Music and Music Studies)
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Business Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Design and Visual Communication (Graphics)
  • Digital Technologies
  • Food Technology
  • Hard Materials Technology
  • Textiles Technology
  • Health
  • Home Economics
  • Physical Education
  • Chinese
  • Cook Islands Māori
  • French
  • Gagana Sāmoa
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Lea Faka-Tonga
  • New Zealand Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Mathematics with Statistics
  • Mathematics with Calculus
  • Agricultural and Horticultural Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physics

Pilot and trial expert groups have already been established for Science, Visual Arts, English, and Religious Studies, however members of these groups will invited to reapply and there may be opportunities for others to join these SEGs.

Each subject expert group will first work with the Ministry to consider how their subject fits within NCEA Level 1, and then identify the significant learning in their subject and work with a wider team to develop and write new learning and assessment matrices, achievement standards, and resources.

Some subject expert groups may work together, and members of some subject expert groups may also be asked to sit on other expert groups or
on supporting reference groups.

Please Note: Expressions of Interest for Te Reo Māori expert groups will be called for separately, as this subject is undergoing a parallel process adjacent to Te Reo Rangatira achievement standards.

Application details

Each subject expert group will have 8 representatives.

Applicants should:

  • have expertise or experience in the relevant subject
  • have an interest and expertise in learning and assessment within that subject
  • be prepared to commit to approximately 10 days in 2020 or 2021 for initial subject development
  • going forward, the members of this group may be asked to commit to a further 6-8 days over 2021, 2022 and 2023.

We’re looking for a range of voices:

  • Experienced practising teachers and experts from a range of educational settings and backgrounds, including both English medium and Māori Medium schools, community, industry and tertiary education.
  • People with experience working with ākonga Māori and Pacific students, and who have a strong, authentic understanding of how to integrate te ao and tikanga Māori, and Pacific peoples’ knowledge and cultures into teaching, learning and assessment design.

Thank you again for your ongoing support of this work – it is critical to the success of the review and invaluable in ensuring we have the right people on board as we work towards the full scale RAS.

As always, please don’t hesitate to come back to me with any questions at all.

Ngā mihi nui

Rob Mill

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