About us

The Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga (ERO) is the New Zealand government’s external evaluation agency. We evaluate and report on the education and care of learners in schools, kura, kohanga reo, puna reo, and early childhood services.  

Parents, teachers, early childhood education managers, school principals and trustees, and government policy makers use ERO’s reports.

The Chief Executive, who is also the Chief Review Officer (CRO), assigns approximately 150 review officers to review schools and early childhood centres across the country. The CRO’s functions and powers are described in The Education Act (The Act)1989, Part 28, sections 325-328

The Act gives the CRO the power to initiate reviews, investigate, report and publish findings on the provision of education to young New Zealanders.

Review officers are located in four regions: Northern-Te Tai Raki, Central-Te Tai Pūtahi Nui, Southern-Te Tai Tini, and Te Uepū ā-Motu, ERO’s Māori Review Services Unit.