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Raising achievement in primary schools

Published: 30 Jun 2014

This national report presents the findings of how well a sample of primary schools were taking actions to increase the number of students achieving 'at' or 'above' national standards.The findings show that half of the schools in the evaluation had used deliberate actions to support students to accelerate progress and sustain achievement.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Primary
Equitable outcomes
Accelerated learning
Evaluation indicators
Education outcomes

Raising achievement in secondary schools

Published: 30 Jun 2014

This report documents the findings of ERO’s 2013 evaluation of how well 40 secondary schools analysed and responded to their NCEA data.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Secondary
Māori student achievement

Raising achievement in primary schools ALiM and ALL

Published: 26 Jun 2014

This national report is a companion report to Raising achievement in primary schools. It presents further findings of how some of the primary schools were using the Ministry-funded support projects - Accelerated Learning in Mathematics (ALiM) and Accelerated Learninig in Literacy (ALL) to accelerate progress and raise achievement.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Accelerated learning
Mathematics Support Teachers (MST)

Effective school evaluation: how to do and use internal evaluation for improvement

Published: 19 Nov 2015

This guide to using internal evaluation for improvement purposes is published jointly by ERO and the Ministry of Education as a companion to School Evaluation Indicators: Effective Practice for Improvement and Learner Success and is supported by Internal Evaluation: Good Practice.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Internal evaluation
Pasifika
English-medium
Raising achievement
Improvement

Whole school buddy system

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Otumoetai Intermediate, all teachers are engaged in differentiated professional learning and development. Those with similar goals are ‘buddied’ with another staff member.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Professional capability
Evaluation indicators
Leadership
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Learning in residential care: They knew I wanted to learn

Published: 01 Jul 2021

Children and young people who are placed in Oranga Tamariki residential care are among the most at risk of poor outcomes later in life. Education can change that.  This report looks at the quality of education for students in Oranga Tamariki Care and Protection and Youth Justice residences and how it can be improved.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
At-risk students
Behavioural needs
Best practice
Boys' education
Child wellbeing
Culture
Education and care services
Education outcomes
Education transitions
Equitable outcomes
Good practice
High needs
Māori
Physical and emotional safety
Priority learners
Raising achievement
Social workers
Teaching
Te reo Māori
Transitions
Vulnerable learners
Wellbeing

Stewardship: working relationships

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Invercargill Middle School, the way in which school trustees and leaders work together fosters an appreciative and respectful environment that acknowledges the contributions of everyone in the learning community.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Stewardship
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Māori succeeding as Māori

Published: 04 Sep 2017

A school principal talks about how he works with his school community to develop an environment where Māori learners are supported and can succeed as Māori.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Māori student achievement
Māori
Leadership
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Purposeful education pathway

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The setting of academic goals that build toward purposeful educational pathways and career options begins early at McAuley High School and supports student choices throughout their schooling.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Relationships
Evaluation
Curriculum
Teaching
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Partnerships between home and community

Published: 04 Sep 2017

This school seeks every opportunity to connect with the groups within its multicultural community to support those groups to connect to one another as well as engage with the school and their children’s learning.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Relationships
Evaluation indicators
Leadership
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Deliberate acts of leadership

Published: 13 Jun 2017

A school principal talks about how he works with his teachers and Māori community to develop a bicultural school context within which both Treaty partners are acknowledged and valued. A teacher and members of the Māori community describe how this principal’s leadership has facilitated a reciprocal relationship between the school and their local Māori community.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Raising student achievement through targeted actions

Published: 18 Dec 2015

In 2015, ERO investigated target setting in both primary and secondary schools. We focused on the extent to which targeted actions of schools supported accelerated progress for students at risk of not achieving.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Achievement
Primary
Secondary

Tracking for success

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The deputy principal at Kerikeri High School describes the process the school leaders went through to develop electronic systems and processes to track student academic success. The principal describes how the tracking tool alerted school leaders when students were at risk of not achieving and led them to consider ways to ensure students had further opportunities to succeed.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Success
Leadership
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Building capability

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The focus on driving and sustaining improvement in outcomes in this school involves solution seeking processes typified by innovation and whole school participation. The principal describes the approach that supports this ongoing activity as more entrepreneurial than hierarchical.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Equitable opportunities to learn

Published: 12 Jun 2017

At this secondary school leaders and teachers have responded to students’ need for more time to achieve their goals. While not mandatory for either staff or students, lunchtime and after school learning sessions have become the norm.

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Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
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Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Stewardship: strategic resourcing

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Manurewa Central School, careful financial management over many years has enabled the provision of high quality facilities and resources that enhance the school environment and learning opportunities available to students and their families and whanau and the community. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Stewardship
Resourcing
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Keeping children engaged and achieving through rich curriculum inquiries

Published: 29 Nov 2018

This Education Review Office (ERO) report is one of a series of reports on teaching strategies that work. It features strategies and approaches that we observed in 40 primary schools selected from across New Zealand. These schools came from a database of 129 schools, all with rolls of 200 or more, in which the proportion of students in the upper primary years (Years 5 to 8) achieving at or above the expected standard had increased. In each case, achievement levels were also above average for the decile.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Engagement
Achievement
Curriculum
Raising achievement

Professional inquiry  

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Inquiry is at the heart of what drives improvement and innovation at McAuley High School. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Professional development
Evaluation
Knowledge building
Evaluation indicators
Professional capability
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Mathematics in Years 4 to 8 Developing a Responsive Curriculum

Published: 01 Feb 2013

This report is one of a series of evaluations ERO has undertaken on how schools are working with the National Standards within The New Zealand Curriculum. In this evaluation ERO used the mathematics learning area and associated standards to look at what schools were doing to raise the achievement of students in Years 4 to 8.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Mathematics
Curriculum
Raising achievement
Achievement

Caring, collaborative, inclusive learning communities

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Invercargill Middle School, students and teachers contribute to, and work in, a supportive learning environment characterised by manaakitanga and whanaungatanga.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Collaboration
Inclusion
Manaakitanga
Whanaungatanga
Evaluation indicators
Teaching
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua