THE NEW ZEALAND CURRICULUM
The front end of the New Zealand Curriculum identifies the principles that underpin the design of any economics program. It also outlines values to be encouraged, modelled, and explored as well as key competencies that students need to develop living and lifelong learning.
To read more about the Principles, Values and Key Competencies visit the following website NZ Curriculum
The New Zealand Curriculum also identifies specific achievement objectives for the teaching of Economics at levels 6, 7 and 8. At levels 4 and 5 the achievement objectives from Social sciences identify the general understanding that students should gain.
To read more about the achievement objectives visit the following website NZ Curriculum - Social Science Achievement Objectives
SENIOR SUBJECT TEACHING AND LEARNING GUIDELINES FOR ECONOMICS
This online document includes the advice to teachers about programme design and effective teaching pedagogies and links to other sources of information. It also has a useful section that expands the achievement objectives at each level using key concept indicators that give examples of the behaviours and capabilities that a teacher might expect to observe in a student who is achieving at the appropriate level. Follow this link to access this information.
CETA provides a range of resources, both for learning and assessment that are aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum. A catalogue that gives the full list of the resources can be found on the CETA homepage.
The economics assessment matrix outlines the Achievement Standards available for assessment at NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 (Levels 6, 7 and 8 of the New Zealand Curriculum). Use the following the link to download the Economics Matrix: Economics (assessment) Matrix
A summary of the matrix is provided below:
Level One: 24 credits available – 12 external credits and 12 internal credits
Level Two: 30 credits available – 12 external credits and 18 internal credits
Level Three: 24 credits available – 14 external credits and 10 internal credits
External Achievement Standards
The following documents are all available on the NZQA Economics subject resource web page. Use the following link, Economics Subject Resources
Note scroll down the page to view the resources for externally assessed standards
Assessment Specifications – these are published in March of every year and they detail any specific details about that year’s external examination.
Past Exam Papers –past NZQA examination papers along with assessment schedules (answers).
Examiner’s Reports – every year the examiner writes a report about the previous year’s examination. These are available in March/April of the year following the examination. These are known as assessment reports on the NZQA website.
Internal Achievement Standards
The following documents can all be accessed using the NZQA Economics subject resource web page. Use the following link, Economics Subject Resources
Moderator’s Newsletters – twice a year the national moderator in Economics publishes a newsletter that details specific information on current internal assessment issues. Use the Moderator’s Newsletters link
Clarifications – this gives further advice to teachers around some of the standard’s intended content and the different levels of achievement. Use the Clarifications link
Exemplars of student work – gives annotated exemplars of student evidence, with a commentary, to explain key aspects of the standard. It assists teachers to make assessment judgements at the grade boundaries. Use theExemplars of student work link
TKI Resources & Conditions of Assessment – these are examples of internal assessments that are designed to be used in class after adapting them specifically for your school.
NZQA has prepared a document set the rules for further assessment opportunities that a school can offer. This document can be read using the following link Further assessment opportunities
The performance standard for Scholarship, previous examination papers, schedules, examples of student work and the current assessment specification are all available on the Scholarship Use the following link to access this information: Scholarship economics material.