2023 - SESSION 3 - The New Numeracy Standard
The information on this page is my interpretation of what I notice and reason. It is designed to be of use to teachers to help them ponder, reflect and redesign learning programmes as required. Use accordingly.
For clarifications please ask. Email Jim Hogan ACC572 jimhogan2@icloud.com, Cellphone texts and calls 027 461 0702

Here is a quick SELF CHECK for your Math Department or the one you work within.
    1. Do you have a data measuring and monitoring system that allows you select a student and see what NZC Level in mathematics they are predominantly operating within? Y/N
        2. Do your current mathematics programmes for Y9/10 target NZC L4 and NZC L5 as the success criteria? Y/N
            3. Have you checked out the Ministry information for the new NUMERACY and LITERACY requirements for NCEA? Y/N
                4. Have you checked out the new NCEA Standards and Assessment Trial on the NZAMT website? Y/N

Session 3
A well connected programme of learning which accesses all strands and is firmly lodged in NZC L4 at Year 9 and NZC L5 at Year 10 will lead to all students achieving Numeracy and being well prepared for the new Standards and taking beyond Year 11. My take on the new changes is only students who need this Award should invest the assessment time needed. Better students, those clearly at NZC L4 or better, should invest all of Year 11 learning in just that. Learning. Assessment is time heavy and increases the workload of a teacher as well. No senior mathematics student will ever refer to or use NCEA L1 results after a successful Year 12. The teacher needs to have a good mathematics degree or a degree with good mathematics included and be a passionate mathematics teacher, interested and aware of the development and progression of key mathematical concepts such as trigonometry.

This session should be a long dialogue and reflection of the current situation. The establishment of the Big Picture for the department. The deep understanding of numeracy development, using the progression of each strand, and building a range of trialed cross strand problems resource.

Let's Go!
3 Session 3  - Numeracy and Literacy for NCEA L1
There is a lot of online information which should be viewed and unpacked. A necessary reading is this this website.
Study the learning matrix for both Numeracy and Literacy, Teaching Methods and of course but not only the Assessment. US32406 is a 10 credit unit standard that replaces the existing requirements.

What does all of this mean? There are three Outcome Statements whihc do not give clarity but here they are.

Outcomes and Performance Criteria

Outcome 1

Formulate a mathematical and/or statistical approach to solving problems in a range of meaningful situations.

Performance Criteria


Select an appropriate operation, representation, variable and/or method to solve the problem(s).

Outcome 2

Use mathematics and statistics to address the numeracy demands of a range of meaningful situations.

Performance Criteria


Use mathematical and statistical procedures accurately in the situations.

Outcome 3

Explain the reasonableness of mathematical and statistical responses to situations.

Performance Criteria


Describe whether the method selected and/or calculation used is reasonable.

Read and ponder the Standard and really unpack with other junior teachers all of the following so a strong understanding of priority learning is established. This is not the only learning of course and students who are already at or above NZC Level 4 can be extended and pushed along in more traditional ways.


These must be present in any junior learning programme and be very aware that the level is NZC 4.5  or well into being multiplicative. You can figure out what "Recognise and work with mathematical relationships" means. I suspect it means linear relationships, nth term and for an example triangular numbers.

So Session 3 is a strong focus on Numeracy requirements and developing a junior learning programme that will give all students the capability of passing teh one linbe test when they are ready. I think there will be two opportunities at this stage for assessment but all that could change. I prefer and adaptive online assessment that a student can take when they are ready at any time. It is afterall a "Checkpoint Charlie" for all students. A must pass.

1. Know and understand the Numeracy Specifications
2. Have developed a comprehensive Learning Programme for your school.
3. Be able to explain the progression of concepts in each strand to another teacher
4. Have created or otherwise sourced a variety of say 10 cross strand problems.
5. Have completed sample assessments for Numeracy, and all 4 New Standards.
6. Have had thoughtful dialogue about the new changes.
7. Presented to all Learning Areas in your school an overview of Numeracy and the New Math Standards and promoted dialogue of how other Learning Areas can help.

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