Wellington, November 20, 2018
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has advised students who are unable to appear for their examinations due to weather conditions, will be decided on the ‘Derived Grade Process.
NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Kristine Kilkelly said that the Process ensures that NCEA students can achieve an authentic grade for their work.
She issued the following advice to students and whānau in weather-impacted areas.
Severe Weather Warnings
With over 30,000 students entered to sit NCEA exams tomorrow (Wednesday, November 21, 2018), NZQA is advising students and their whānau to be aware of severe weather warnings and the impact that may have on getting to exams.
In most centres, NCEA exams will still proceed.
However, the safety and well-being of students and staff is our foremost priority.
If students are unable to get to an exam centre due to floods, snow and possible road closures NZQA’s Derived Grade process ensures that NCEA students can achieve an authentic grade for their work.
Students spend many hours preparing for exams, so we do our best to ensure exam centres are open should students be able to get there safely.
We appreciate the efforts of all school and exam centre staff who help ensure exams run smoothly for students across the country.
Update information online
Families of students who live in areas impacted by the severe weather should check their school’s website/parent portal or social media pages to find out whether the school is open and school buses are running.
The exam timetable for NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams can be found here.
Due to the far-reaching consequences of nationwide rescheduling and the disruption to students, NCEA national exams will not be rescheduled or cancelled should a regional event interrupt local exams.
The well-established derived grade process will ensure that students can achieve an authentic grade for their work if they are unable to sit one or more of their scheduled exams, or their performance is impaired as a result of the event.