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Growing Curiosity Teaching Strategies to Engage Years 5 to 11 Students in Science

Published: 12 Apr 2021

Science is increasingly important in today’s world as people come to rely on science and scientific thinking for almost every kind of endeavour. Critical for our scientific understanding is the quality of science teaching in our schools, and the extent to which students engage with science learning.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Guidance
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Nihinihi Whenua – Valuing te reo Māori: Student and whānau aspirations

Published: 15 Sep 2020

This report provides a snapshot of student and whānau perspectives on the teaching of te reo Māori. It follows the June publication of Te Tāmata Huaroa, which provides a review of the current status of te reo Māori in English medium school settings.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te reo Māori
English-medium
Māori
Te Pou Mataaho | Evaluation and Research Māori
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Social Workers in Schools

Published: 29 Nov 2019

This ERO qualitative case study report undertaken on behalf of Oranga Tamariki captures the voices of children and their whanau who were recipients of the Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) service. SWiS is a government funded, community social work service provided in most English and Māori medium, decile 1-3 primary and intermediate schools.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)
Social workers
Primary
Intermediate
Pastoral care
Case study
Resilience
Therapeutic care and education (TEC)
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Science in secondary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 22 Apr 2021

Critical to science education is the quality of teaching of science in schools, and the engagement of students with science. This guide sets out actions you can take to strengthen science teaching in your school.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
State schools
Integrated schools
Primary

Science in secondary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 21 Apr 2021

Critical to science education is the quality of teaching of science in schools, and the engagement of students with science. This guide sets out actions you can take to strengthen science teaching in your school.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Science
State schools
Integrated schools
Schools

Wellbeing for Young People's Success at Secondary School

Published: 19 Feb 2015

This report presents the findings of ERO’s evaluation of how well 68 secondary schools in Term 1 2014 promoted and responded to student wellbeing.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Wellbeing
Mental health
Resilience
Responding to issues
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Learning in a Covid-19 World: How school leadership rose to the challenge 

Published: 10 Dec 2020

Principals and school leaders have taken on a lot of responsibility during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Education Review Office interviewed principals and board chairs and surveyed 1777 principals across the country from May through to September 2020 to understand how they have responded. This summary highlights how those school leaders rose to the challenge. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Leadership
Schools
School leaders
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

A guide for parents and whānau on supporting science in primary school

Published: 12 Apr 2021

Learning science in the primary school years helps children become better problem solvers and critical thinkers. Children are curious by nature and are eager to explore, question, experiment, and learn about the world around them. Primary school teachers can use a variety of approaches when teaching science, that give children opportunities to explore, experiment, and express new ideas.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Schools
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Guides for parents

The Collection and Use of Assessment Information in Schools

Published: 01 Mar 2007

Knowing what students know and can do is fundamental to effective teaching and students’ learning. Teachers need to assess student achievement to know whether or not their teaching is meeting the learning needs of their students.

In 2006, ERO evaluated how effectively schools collected and used assessment information. This report details the findings of that evaluation and recommends what can be done to make assessment practices in schools more effective.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Assessment
Assessment information

The Collection and Use of Assessment Information: Good Practice in Primary Schools

Published: 01 Jun 2007

ERO evaluated the collection and use of assessment information in schools in 2006. The evaluation concluded that more work can be done to improve assessment practice in schools. This report builds on this finding by giving examples of good practice in the collection and use of assessment information in primary schools. The report also includes three detailed case studies.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Good practice
Assessment

The Collection and Use of Assessment Information: Good Practice in Secondary Schools

Published: 01 Jun 2007

ERO evaluated the collection and use of assessment information in schools in 2006. The evaluation concluded that more work can be done to improve assessment practice in schools. This complementary report aims to help secondary schools review their assessment practice. It highlights characteristics common to high quality assessment practices and includes examples of good practice.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Secondary
Assessment

On your marks ... get set... go! A tale of six schools and the digital technologies curriculum content

Published: 23 Jan 2020

ERO conducted case studies of six schools’ implementation of the digital technologies curriculum content in Term 1, 2019. Schools that had successfully integrated the curriculum had leaders who promoted a growth mindset for teachers and looked to integrate digital technologies into existing curriculum. Timely professional development for teachers and positive community connections also enhanced schools’ ability to integrate the digital technologies curriculum.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
New Zealand Curriculum
Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko
Information and Communications Technology
Literacy
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Learning in a Covid-19 World: Supporting Primary School Students as They Return to the Classroom

Published: 23 Sep 2021

This short report, aimed at primary school leaders, sets out how prepared students and schools felt ahead of the Covid-19 lockdown in August and provides recommendations for how schools can support their students as they return to the classroom. 

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
COVID-19

Learning in a Covid-19 World: The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools

Published: 19 Jan 2021

Schools faced new challenges in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. To understand what these challenges were and how schools responded, the Education Review Office interviewed 750 schools and surveyed over 2500 principals and teachers across the country, from May through to September 2020.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Schools
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Learning in a Covid-19 World: Supporting Secondary School Students as They Return to the Classroom

Published: 23 Sep 2021

This short report, aimed at secondary school leaders, sets out how prepared students and schools felt ahead of the Covid-19 lockdown in August and provides recommendations for how schools can support their students as they return to the classroom. 

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
COVID-19

Evaluation at a glance: A decade of assessment in New Zealand Primary Schools - Practice and trends

Published: 24 Apr 2018

High quality assessment and evaluation allows us to focus on student progress and outcomes at classroom, school and system levels.  It helps teachers, schools and systems to report on student achievement across points in time, and provide information for parents, trustees and the public about the quality of education. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Assessment
Formative assessment
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA)

Seven Christchurch schools work together to make a difference for their learners  

Published: 10 May 2021

The Education Review Office (ERO) has today launched a report showing how seven Christchurch schools improved outcomes for learners through innovation and working together.  

The group of schools, forming a community of practice called Kahukura, identified a need in their community to better support their students’ wellbeing and learning. 

Audience:
Academics
Education
Schools
Content type:
News article
Topics:
Collaboration
Decision making
English-medium
Evaluation
Guidance
Improvement
Intermediate
Internal evaluation
Knowledge building
Primary
Relationships
School leaders
Schools
Secondary
Students
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Practical actions to help schools to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

Published: 10 Dec 2020

This document is to help Schools to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It includes a range of possible Covid-19 scenarios for school leaders and parents to consider, seven practical actions they can take in to respond, and places to go for additional help and information.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Parents
Schools
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Covid-19: Impact on schools and early childhood services - Interim Report

Published: 28 Aug 2020

ERO has a comprehensive and fast-tracked work programme underway to understand the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on students, services and schools, and on teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand in the English and Māori medium education sectors.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Early childhood services
Schools
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Learning in a Covid-19 World: Supporting Secondary School Engagement

Published: 19 Jan 2021

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has led to significant disruption to schooling, ongoing uncertainty and new requirements – all of which impacts on student engagement. This report explains strategies for supporting secondary students’ engagement during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Secondary
Engagement
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre