The government is lowering the NCEA pass rate, making it easier for students to get NCEA qualifications this year.
In recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19 it is allowing schools to award extra credits called learning recognition credits.
Students can receive one learning recognition credit for every five credits that they achieve during the year. However, the maximum is eight credits at levels two and three and ten at level one.
It also lowered the threshold for University Entrance (UE).
UE usually requires 14 credits in three different approved subjects, but this year students can get it with 14 credits in two subjects and 12 in a third.
The Secondary Principals Association said today’s changes were helpful.