Date
30 October 2020

Special Assessment Conditions (SAC)

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Support assessment and exams, including NCEA’

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Understand­ing SAC

Understand­ing SAC

SAC provides extra help for approved learners so they can complete NCEA internal standards and external (exams) standards.

  • SAC is available to meet a range of physical, sensory, medical, and learning needs.
  • SAC can include the use of a writer or reader, computer access, rest breaks, Braille, or enlarged papers.
  • Barriers to achievement are removed or reduced, providing learners with a fair opportunity to achieve credits.
  • Applications are made by schools on behalf of learners.

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Applying for SAC for NCEA

Applying for SAC for NCEA

Applications for SAC are made by schools on behalf of the learner.

Ministry of Education staff can support the process but are not responsible for it.

The SAC timeline explains when to apply. New applicants need to apply in October for the following year.

Detailed information on SAC is available from the NZQA website.

Contact NZQA with queries.

Utilising the flexibility built into NCEA

Utilising the flexibility built into NCEA

NCEA is flexible.

Design assessments to suit the nature of the learning being assessed, as well as the varied characteristics and experiences of the learners.

Avoid one-size-fits-all approaches, as they create unnecessary barriers for some learners.

Consider:

  • multiple forms of assessment, for example, demonstration, video, audio, poster, written, multiple choice
  • active reflection – learners spend time, individually and together, considering how they can demonstrate their learning
  • what supports are needed to enable all learners to have equal access, for example, screen readers, reader writer, or more time
  • learner needs when giving feedback, for example, comments on Google Docs, face to face feedback, videoing and analysing assessment tasks together – this could include using dance, drama, music, or speeches.
  • available exemplars with explanations and examples of what “achieved”, “merit”, and “excellence” looks like, for example, annotate NZQA assessments so they are meaningful for your learners.

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