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Accelerating student achievement: a resource for schools

Published: 31 May 2013

This resource can be used with the School Evaluation Indicators. It brings together findings from ERO’s recent national reports to outline what works to accelerate progress for Māori students at-risk of underachieving in primary schools. We share approaches schools have taken where progress was accelerated and schools were able to extend their practices to help more students succeed. Innovative schools focus on inequity within their student population, resulting in improved outcomes for Māori students.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Achievement
Resources
Māori student achievement
Inquiry

Schools’ Provision for International Students

Published: 28 Aug 2013

This national report is ERO’s seventh report about international students. This evaluation included 95 schools (both primary and secondary) and focused on five aspects in relation to international students – integration, progress and achievement, education programme, pastoral care, overall approach and self review.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
International students
Integration
Progress
Achievement
Pastoral care
Curriculum
Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
International education

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

School trustees booklet: helping you ask the right questions

Published: 14 Feb 2017

ERO has written this booklet for boards of trustees. It is one of many tools available to help you in your role as a trustee. It focuses on student achievement and wellbeing, and the role the board plays in these two areas. The booklet includes questions and information that will guide you in your discussions with school leaders and as a trustee.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Board of Trustees
Achievement
Wellbeing
Evaluation
Guides for parents

Increasing Educational Achievement in Secondary Schools

Published: 15 Aug 2013

This national report presents the findings of ERO’s recent evaluation of the practices used in an initiative to support the improved achievement of a specific group of Year 12 students.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Achievement
Evaluation
Secondary
At-risk students

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

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

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

Literacy and Mathematics in Years 9 and 10: Using Achievement Information to Promote Success

Published: 03 Jul 2012

This evaluation looked at how effectively schools use literacy and mathematics achievement information to improve learning for Years 9 and 10 students. The evaluation found that improvements are needed in most secondary schools’ practice with these students. It identifies the actions which school leaders, boards of trustees and teachers can take to help Years 9 and 10 students to be engaged, active and successful learners.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Literacy
Mathematics
Achievement
Assessment information
Secondary
Students

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.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
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

Teaching strategies that work - Mathematics

Published: 20 Feb 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 national standard had increased. In each case achievement levels were also above average for the decile.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Engagement
Achievement
Mathematics
National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA)
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)