Book­lets too costly

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By JO MOIR

Plans to re­turn stu­dents’ NCEA level 3 exam book­lets dig­i­tally this year have been scrapped be­cause it’s too ex­pen­sive.

More than 163,000 stu­dents logged on to com­put­ers across the coun­try on Jan­uary 14 wait­ing to see whether they had made the grade.

Re­sults went live at 7am and within the first hour 17,000 stu­dents had al­ready found out their fate.

New Zealand Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Au­thor­ity deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of as­sess­ment Richard Thorn­ton said the in­ten­tion had been to de­liver NCEA level 3 book­lets on­line this year but scan­ning costs had been pro­hib­i­tive.

‘‘It’s just too ex­pen­sive at this stage.’’

Last year NZQA pi­loted re­turn­ing exam book­lets for schol­ar­ship exams dig­i­tally but also sent hard copies by post. This year schol­ar­ship book­lets would only be re­turned dig­i­tally and al­ready 4500 of 11,000 schol­ar­ship stu­dents had regis­tered to re­ceive them.

Thorn­ton said in­clud­ing NCEA level 3 book­lets would in­crease the vol­ume by six-fold.

Within the next two years most NCEA in­ter­nal as­sess­ments would be com­pleted on­line and in the next three to five years the first ex­am­ples of ex­ter­nal as­sess­ments would be done on­line.

While the tech­nol­ogy re­quire­ments and cost of scan­ning threw a span­ner in NZQA’s ini­tial plans, Thorn­ton said get­ting stu­dents com­plet­ing all their as­sess­ments on­line was the main fo­cus.

Last year 455 stu­dents were sent other peo­ple’s exam book­lets and Thorn­ton said a re­view of the botch-up had iden­ti­fied hu­man er­ror as the cause.

He was com­fort­able the same mis­take wouldn’t hap­pen again and that the company charged with sort­ing the book­lets had put a third check in place to avoid any re­peat prob­lems.

Marked NCEA exam book­lets would be re­turned to stu­dents from late Jan­uary. After re­ceiv­ing marked pa­pers, stu­dents are able to ap­ply for reviews and re­con­sid­er­a­tions of their NCEA re­sults un­til Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 20.

Stu­dents who sat New Zealand Schol­ar­ship ex­am­i­na­tions will be able to view their re­sults on­line in mid-Fe­bru­ary and ap­ply for reviews and re­con­sid­er­a­tions by Fri­day, March 20.

Test­ing time: Twin sis­ters Han­nah and Geor­gette Rus­sell, 18, check their NCEA re­sults on­line.

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