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Update on MOE consultation about Level 1 Science

Kia ora, 

All teacher subject associations associated with Science (BEANZ, ESSE, SCENZ, HATA, NZASE and NZIP) met via Zoom with MoE representatives on Monday August 3. The MOE outlined the timeline and options for changes in this presentation.

Feedback on proposed Level 1 Science options A, B and C closes on Monday 10, and as of August 3, 755 responses had been received. SCENZ and NZIP feedback survey results will be going to MOE representatives directly in addition to this. It is unlikely that our sector will know the outcome of this further feedback, and a definitive answer about the options going forward until after the election. We asked MOE about moving the timelines for implementation, but there is no official word on any changes.

The MoE has been processing the data as it arrives, in the hope they would be able to get our feedback in front of the minister before the house rose for the election, but the Minister of Education has indicated he will not make a decision so quickly. It was mentioned by MOE representatives that the minister and cabinet will be still guided by the combined working party review document wanting fewer larger standards in a cohesive matrix.  This does not preclude any of the options.

The MOE is moving onto Phase 2 (further refinement of the products around the standards) on August 24, which has feedback on products (see slide 3 of the presentation). The subject associations have asked for Science (in whatever form it will be) to be held off until a decision is made, so that quality feedback can be given. Expressions of interest will be invited on August 24 for six schools to pilot standards, to test their validity and how they would be assessed (due to the proposed new assessment methods touted), and also to allow MOE and NZQA to work out the most efficient way of rolling out these methods to all schools.

If you haven’t already had your say about the MOE proposals on Level 1 Science, give your feedback here by Monday August 10; all feedback is valued.

Nga mihi, Samantha York, President NZASE

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