2022 will see the implementation of the NCEA change package designed to make NCEA more accessible to ākonga within Aotearoa.
One of the 7 key changes will be “Mana orite me te matauranga Māori”. An overview of these changes are:
Integrate te ao Māori and mātauranga Māori into the outcome statements as part of the new ‘graduate profile’ for NCEA and in the design of achievement standards.
Ensure equal support for ākonga Māori in all settings and equal status for mātauranga Māori.
Develop more standards to make sure that mātauranga Māori is acknowledged and credentialed equally by NCEA, (e.g. Māori Performing Arts).
Develop new assessment resources and teaching and learning guides for mātauranga Māori.
Ensuring that, where possible and appropriate, te ao Māori and mātauranga Māori are built into achievement standards for use across English and Māori-medium settings. That might mean:
having Māori-centred contexts for exemplars and assessment resources e.g. local iwi history.
inclusive standards and assessment resources that allow for diverse cultural perspectives on what’s important e.g. considering community or hapū impact, not just individual user needs.
Build teacher capability around culturally inclusive NCEA and assessment and aromatawai practice that is respectful to mātauranga Māori.