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Changes To New Zealand Scholarship Subject List For 2009

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16 October 2008 - Top secondary students of Agricultural and Horticultural Science will be able to tackle NZ Scholarship exams from next year (2009).

Also from 2009, Scholarship Visual Arts will be assessed as five separate subjects: Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. (NOTE: these changes do NOT apply to candidates engaged in Scholarship exams this year - 2008.)

Changes to the Scholarship subject list have been made based upon the recently reviewed Scholarship subject criteria agreed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority Board. The revised subject list for 2009 and the criteria are attached below.

The changes are supported by independent advisors to NZQA, the Scholarship Processes Advisory Group. The subject list will now be reviewed every two years in consultation with the Ministry of Education and sector interest groups.

NZ Scholarship Subject List for 2009

Accounting Agricultural and Horticultural Science Art History Biology Chemistry Chinese Classical Studies Drama Economics English French Geography German Graphics History Japanese Latin Mathematics with Calculus Media Studies Music Studies Physical Education Physics Science Spanish Statistics and Modelling Technology (generic) Te Reo Maori Te Reo Rangatira Visual Arts - Design Visual Arts - Painting Visual Arts - Printmaking Visual Arts - Photography Visual Arts - Sculpture

The current criteria for a subject to be included in New Zealand Scholarship are: a. Curriculum or government goals: 1. the range of scholarship subjects provides a mix across the learning areas so there are opportunities for students with diverse strengths 2. Scholarship subjects recognise two of New Zealand's official languages (te reo Māori and English with sign language being the third) 3. Scholarship subjects meet government goals about the future direction of the country. b. Practical aspects: 1. sufficient candidates to make the most efficient and effective use of resources 2. the proposed mode of assessment is logistically manageable 3. running the external assessment is possible within the agreed cost parameters. c. Subject maturity: 1. candidates have the ability to perform at Scholarship level 2. there are writers and markers available of sufficient calibre and experience in this subject to produce quality assessment for students at the appropriate level 3. there is an appropriate tertiary path for Scholarship students in this subject 4. subject has high credibility and draws candidates of a high calibre.

Subjects must meet criteria a and b, and the NZQA Board gives strong consideration to the degree to which they meet criterion c.

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