2016 MCAT Feedback

I wanted a central place where people could see all the feedback that had been sent to NZQA and others, and recieved back from them, about the 2016 Algebra MCAT. Below are the responses that have been shared with me. I believe I have permission for all of these to be published here... if you feel I have published one in error please let me know.

If you have sent feedback to NZQA and want it published here then please email me.

My Feedback

This is a link to my letter to NZQA

Feedback from Local Maths Associations

Otago Maths Association - to NZQA
Auckland Maths Association - to NZQA
Wellington Maths Association - to NZQA
Canterbury Maths Association - to NZQA

Schools

Kāpiti College - to NZQA
John Paul II High School - to NZQA
Wellington Girls' College - to Parents (1)
Wellington Girls' College - to Parents (2)
Hutt Valley High School - to NZQA
Rangi Ruru Girls’ School - to NZQA

Individuals

Guy Honore (Wellington Girls' College) - to Dominion Post
Claire Laverty - on the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 Standards - to NZQA
Margaret Priest (Wellington Girls' College) - to NZQA
Karen Chow (Wellington Girls' College) - to Hon. Hekia Parata
Matthew Bell (Parent) - to Head of Maths, Wellington Girls' College
Peter Webb (Saint Patrick’s College) - to NZQA
Priscilla Allan - to NZQA
The Gardner Family - to Hon. Hekia Parata
David Starshaw (Wā Ora Montessori School) - subject: 16% is not a passing grade - to NZQA and MOE
Jill Skinner (HVHS) to NZQA
Rhona Lever MCAT Submission to Hekia Parata and others

Responses from NZQA

Otaki College was sent this on Monday 19th September (comments added at top are mine)
Response from NZQA to Peter Webb on Friday 23rd September
Response from NZQA to me on Friday 23rd September... I am not happy with this response, as it doesn't answer a number of my questions, particularly about questions that were clearly not at the correct curriculum level.
Response from NZQA to me on Monday 26th September... I am still not happy with this response (sent this back as well as this).
Response from NZQA to Radio New Zealand Morning Report on Monday 26th September
Response from NZQA to WMA on Tuesday 27th September
Response from NZQA to Claire Laverty on Friday 30th September
Response from NZQA to Roger Wood on Thursday 6th October
Response from NZQA to Margaret Priest on Monday 10th October
Response from NZQA to P Allan on Tuesday 11th October
Response from NZQA to Hutt Valley High School on Tuesday 11th October
Response from NZQA to Rangi Ruru Girls’ School on Tuesday 11th October
Response from NZQA to Catherine Newson on Tuesday 11th October
Response from NZQA to Louise Towers on Tuesday 11th October
Response from NZQA to Hilary McNaugten on Tuesday 18th October
Response from NZQA to Christchurch Mathematical Association on Friday 21st October
Response from NZQA to Rhona Lever on Friday 21st October
Response from NZQA to Karen Chow on Tuesday 1st November
Response from NZQA to Jill Skinner on Friday 4th November

Responses from Others

The Office of Hon Hekia Parata, MP has been sending the same response through to everyone (parents and teachers)... a copy is here
Karen Chow (Wellington Girls' College) responded with this
She received this back and responded and also responded with this.
Response from Chris Hipkins to Holly Rickit on Wednesday 5th October
Response from Chris Hipkins to Margaret Priest on Friday 14th October
Response from the Ministry of Education to David Starshaw on Monday 31st October
Response from the Ministry of Education to Rhona Lever on Wednesday 2nd November

Contacting NZQA and Others

If you would like a starting point to write a letter to NZQA, the ministry, the Minister for Education or the Shadow Minister for Education from Labour, Sandy Jones from Wellington Girls' College has written some excellent starting points. It is really important that you customise the letter before you send it though, as that way they cannot send a form response. At the moment NZQA and the Ministry believe this is an isolated incident that only affected a small number of schools.... we need to change this view.
Letter to NZQA from Teachers
Letter to Minister from Teachers
Letter to Labour Shadow Minister from Teachers
Letter to Minister from Students
Letter to Labour Shadow Minister from Students
Letter to Minister from Parents