Not so long ago, secondary school students in Cook Islands and New Zealand would have had to wait by their mailboxes for weeks in anticipation for their NCEA resul
Times have changed, and yesterday, Cook Islands secondary school students were some of the first to be able to access their 2019 NCEA results online in levels 1, 2 and 3.
About 140,000 students in both countries were able to view their marks through the New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s learner login portal.
Tuira Henderson-Enoka, who was in year 11 at Tereora College last year, was proud of her level 1 results particularly in Maths and Science.
“We worked really hard and did a lot of study in the lead up to our exams so I’m pretty happy. I’m still waiting for English results to come through,” she said.
“This year we will have to step up to another level.”
At Tereora College, initial results across all levels were pleasing, principal Tania Morgan said.
She got a sneak peek on Sunday evening, before results were released to year 11, 12 and 13 students yesterday.
Some students were still waiting for their results to become available.
“At this stage it looks like they are tracking fairly similar to last year’s results,” she said.
There were some areas of excellence, in core subjects like English, she said.
Traditionally, Cook Islands Maori was a stand-out subject with top marks attained as well as results from the school’s sports academy, in subjects like physical education.
Morgan said she had seen some of 2019’s year 13 students and they were very happy about the results they had received. They were looking forward to being able to plan their futures.
“Our students wonder why we push them and make them work so hard in the classroom, but when they receive their results I think they realise.”
Nukutere College principal Delaney Yaqona said as results were only released yesterday they were in the process of analysing them, but initial indications were very good with 20 per cent of eligible students gaining Level 1 Excellence endorsements.
New Zealand Qualifications Authority official Robert Manfield said they 487 students from the Cook Islands were entered for NCEA, for 2597 external assessments.
The most popular assessment was Level 1 English, for which 173 students were entered.
Manfield said student results were released once all marking is complete.
“Students then have an opportunity to request a review or reconsideration of their examination papers, and schools may submit corrected or late-reported results from internal assessment,” he said.
“As a result of these, individual results may change, and so attainment statistics are only finalised in April each year. It is at this point that NZQA might be able to provide further analysis and comment about results in the Cook Islands.”
The Annual Statistics Report, produced by NZQA in May each year, provides a detailed analysis of the final data at a system level.