How parents can get exam assistance for NZ special needs students

While it may seem early in the year to be preparing for NCEA assesments, the clock is ticking to get exam help for students with learning difficulties.

The NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) funds students with learning difficulties to get assistance such as extra with exams or to get a reader/writer.  But getting the extra help is a complex process involving a lot of paperwork.  Applications are due by the end of Term 1.

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Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) for NCEA Exams: How to get free help with alternative evidence.

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