Booklets too costly
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.