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The School Self Audit and Assurance Statement: A New Approach

Published: 12 Apr 2021

There are seven documents that make up the School Self Audit and Assurance Statement which schools complete during their review: Introduction to the School Self Audit and Assurance Statement, Board administration checklist, Curriculum checklist, Health, safety and welfare checklist, Personnel checklist, Finance checklist, Asset management checklist. Download them all on this page.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Evaluation
Schools
Schools evaluation
Board of Trustees

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

What drives learning in the senior secondary school?

Published: 30 May 2018

This evaluation studies effective practice in schools’ senior curriculum. It contributes to the review being undertaken by the Ministry of Education (the Ministry) of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). The Ministry-led review focuses on the implementation of NCEA as the national assessment system for the senior years of secondary schooling. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Secondary
Curriculum
Pedagogy
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
Learning
Pathways

Evaluation at a glance: What ERO knows about effective schools

Published: 09 Mar 2011

Evaluation at a Glance: What ERO Knows About Effective Schools explores five themes from a cross-section of ERO's evaluations in primary and secondary schools over the past four years:

  • A focus on the learner
  • Leadership in an inclusive culture
  • Effective teaching
  • Engagement with parents, whānau and communities
  • Coherent policies and practice in a cycle of continuous self review
Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Schools
Community

Evaluation at a Glance: Transitions from Primary to Secondary School

Published: 10 Dec 2012

This national report combines current research with findings from recent ERO reports about students' transitions between and through schools. The report discusses the important pastoral care and learning support processes needed for successful transitions.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Pastoral care
Education transitions
Vulnerable learners
Diversity
Community

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

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

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

Promoting wellbeing through sexuality education

Published: 12 Sep 2018

This report provides findings from ERO's evaluation of how well schools were promoting and supporting student wellbeing through sexuality education.

It includes high-level findings, examples of good practice and recommendations for schools and policy audiences. It is accompanied by a series of short publications for whānau, students, and trustees.

Brochures aimed at students, whānau and Boards of Trustees are also available.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Wellbeing
Sexuality
Health and Physical Education
Curriculum
Stewardship
Leadership
Capability
Evaluation
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT)

Evaluation at a Glance: Priority Learners in New Zealand Schools

Published: 12 Aug 2012

This report is the second in our Evaluation at a Glance series. It is a synthesis of material from 15 national evaluations and reports of good practice published in the last four years that, taken together, reveal three key issues facing New Zealand’s education system. 

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Priority learners
Students

Collaboration in Action: Lessons from a Community of Practice

Published: 11 May 2021

There is a growing body of research which shows that schools who work together are more effective in improving the quality of teaching and student learning, and in supporting school development.  This is a short report that looks at lessons on collaboration from a Community of Practice. 

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

How ERO reviews

Published: 04 Mar 2021

ERO reviews all early childhood services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura to help their learners flourish. We focus on what’s working well for learners/ākonga and what can improve.  

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Kōhanga Reo
Kura
Early childhood services
Evaluation
Schools
School hostels
International students

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

Exploring Collaboration in Action: Kahukura Community of Practice

Published: 10 May 2021

ERO was approached by principals from Kahukura to document and evaluate their community of practice (CoP), with a view to identifying areas where they might consider further enhancements and to document and capture lessons and insights into practices, which could be

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
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

Directions for Learning: The New Zealand Curriculum Principles, and Teaching as Inquiry

Published: 22 Jul 2011

In November 2007, a revised curriculum was launched for use in New Zealand schools. The New Zealand Curriculum is a statement of official policy related to teaching and learning in English-medium schools in New Zealand. The requirement for schools to implement The New Zealand Curriculum came into effect on 1 February 2010.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Curriculum

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

The New Zealand Curriculum Principles: Foundations for Curriculum Decision-Making

Published: 19 Jul 2012

This is ERO’s second national evaluation report looking at the extent to which the principles of The New Zealand Curriculum are evident in schools’ curricula and enacted in classrooms. The curriculum principles are intended to be the basis of curriculum decision-making at schools. 

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Curriculum
Diversity
Community
Demographics

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