Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Level 1 NCEA Results.

We have recently had to crunch the numbers at school for management to have an in depth look at the results of individual departments.
I am especially pleased with the Level 1 Design and Visual Communication results as this was the biggest group of students that I had last year.
I have taken a screen shot of the spread sheet that I kept all year so I could see where they were all up to. ( Dear Google, please let spreadsheets be embedded on blogs!!... :D )

There were a number of factors last year.
  • This was the second year through for the new assessment standards, so I was more comfortable with them and better prepared.
  • This was the first year that I had all of my planning, examples and assessment information on a Google site for the students to access at all times.
  • This was the first year that the students were doing their work online on Google docs etc.

I can not in all honesty pin down any single reason why there was a big improvement in my level 1 results, but I am busy putting what I have learned from this into the 2nd year of the new level 2 standards and the brand new level 3 standards.
  • Letting the students know as much as possible in advance.
  • Sharing everything.
  • 24 hour access to planning and instructions.
  • Examples, links and exemplars on line for them to access.
  • Clear instructions with illustrated examples.
  • Multiple ways of working and presenting work.
  • Feedback on work online.
  • Use of the teacher dashboard to monitor activity.

I am continuing to increase the use of GAFE, with my students all making individual Google sites themselves this year to present all of their project work.
I continue to wrestle with the problem of combining our online work with the drawn work that is in sketch books.

Here is a link to a Level 1 workflow video that I made to show how the students go about creating a piece of work using the site and docs.

Update on Friday 8th March

In response to a question about which of the students were involved in the first netbook trial, I have looked at the results.
There were only 3 of my Level 1 students last year who were involved in the netbook trial when they were in year 10 ( this was 2 year 10 classes with netbooks ).
Here are their results.
They passed all of the credits that they were entered into in DVC.


  1. Fantastic post Karen. What a great reward for that very full-on year you had last year.

    You will be interested that Philip from Hapara has found a solution for your spreadsheets in blogs question.


    Hope it works for you


  2. I wonder if you could do a post suggesting what's been successful, would you put it down to the cohort coming through of students? the cluster success and work? Obviously the program that you teach is vital but there may be other instances that you could recall.
    Mr Webb and Room Five, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton, Waikato.

  3. I will do an analysis, Mr Webb, of which of those students of mine were in the original Year 10 pilot netbook 2 classes. It would be interesting to know.