School Evaluation Indicators 2015 (Trial)

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About the indicators

Achieving equity and excellence of education outcomes for all children and young people is the major challenge for the New Zealand education system. The new effective practice indicators have been developed working with expert advisers and drawing on the best evidence of what really works to achieve equity and excellence. These indicators reflect new research and evidence and we are confident that using the indicators to adapt practice will raise student achievement.

The School Evaluation Indicators identify six domains that have the most significant influence on improving student outcomes:

  • Stewardship
  • Leadership of conditions for equity and excellence
  • Educationally powerful connections and relationships
  • Responsive curriculum, effective teaching and opportunity to learn
  • Professional capability and collective capacity
  • Evaluation, inquiry and knowledge building for improvement and innovation.

All of these areas, or domains, reflect the vision of The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa that all young people are successful "confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners." All of these domains are interdependent and success relies on all of them, not just one.

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Trial document

This is a trial document. We want you to read the School Evaluation Indicators and let us know what you think. We’ve set up an online survey through which you can send us comments. Alternatively, you can fill in the attached form and either post or scan it back to us at

Some schools will be invited to trial the indicators during their review. ERO is also available to come talk to schools, trustees or parents about the indicators in detail. Please contact your local ERO office for more information.

Feedback on School Evaluation Indicators

Thank you to everyone who's given feedback on this document - we've had a good response and we appreciate you taking the time to tell us what you think. The survey is still open (link above) so please continue to feed back as you become more familiar with the document. Use the link below to download and read the feedback we've received so far.

Indicators feedback November 2015 (PDF 339 kB)