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School Leadership That Works

Published: 07 Nov 2016

This evaluation report illustrates the leadership domain of ERO’s School Evaluation Indicators in practice by:

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
School leaders
Leadership

Ethnic diversity in New Zealand state schools

Published: 01 Jan 2018

This article originally appeared in ERO Insights - Term 1, 2018 and explores how the ethnic diversity of the primary and secondary school roll has changed in New Zealand since 2009, and whether these changes are leading to more diverse or more segregated schools.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Ethnic diversity
Diversity
Cultural diversity
State schools

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 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

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

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)

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)

Te Kura Huanui: The treasures of successful pathways

Published: 08 Jul 2021

Te Kura Huanui: The treasures of successful pathways and supporting documentaries explore the Māori-medium education pathway, through a rich collection of interviews and research conducted in partnership with early founders, whānau, leaders, graduates, kaiako, kaimahi and kaumatua.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Best practice
Community
Diversity
Equitable outcomes
Immersion
Inclusion
Identity
Kōhanga Reo
Kauapapa Māori
Kura
Knowledge building
Māori-medium
Mātauranga Māori
Māori student achievement
Māori parents and whanau
Māori learners
Māori immersion
Māori Education Evaluation
Manaakitanga
Māori
Literacy and numeracy
Methodology
Te Kōhanga Reo
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust
Te reo Māori
Te Rūnanga Nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching
Tikanga Māori
Te ao Māori
Wellbeing
Whānau
Whanaungatanga
Children's success

Te Kura Huanui : Ko ngā kura o ngā ara angitu

Published: 08 Jul 2021

I roto i Te Kura Huanui: Ko ngā kura o ngā ara angitu, ko ngā uiui me ngā whānau Māori, kaiārahi, kaiako, kaimahi, kaumātua hoki e tūhura ana i te ngākau titikaha o ngā hapori ki te whakarauora, ki te whakapakari hoki i te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori mō ā rātou mokopuna, tamariki, uri whakatupu anō hoki. 

Audience:
Māori-medium
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Best practice
Community
Diversity
Equitable outcomes
Immersion
Inclusion
Identity
Kōhanga Reo
Kauapapa Māori
Kura
Knowledge building
Māori-medium
Mātauranga Māori
Māori student achievement
Māori parents and whanau
Māori learners
Māori immersion
Māori Education Evaluation
Manaakitanga
Māori
Literacy and numeracy
Methodology
Te Kōhanga Reo
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust
Te reo Māori
Te Rūnanga Nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching
Tikanga Māori
Te ao Māori
Wellbeing
Whānau
Whanaungatanga
Children's success

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

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

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

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

Teaching approaches and strategies that work

Published: 24 Nov 2017

This evaluation looks at teaching approaches and strategies used in schools where there has been a significant increase in the number of students at or above National Standards in the upper primary school years (Years 5 to 8). We wanted to learn more about any short-term interventions or long-term strategies that may have been influential in bringing about these positive achievement trajectories. We have shared and discussed our findings from some of the 40 schools we visited.

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

Teaching strategies that work - Reading

Published: 14 May 2018

The Education Review Office (ERO) has released the latest in its Teaching Strategies that Work series. “Keeping children engaged and achieving in reading” is a description of strategies used by primary schools which have significantly improved their students’ achievement in reading.

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

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)

The equal of everybody

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Driven by the conviction that everybody can achieve, leaders and teachers seek to overcome barriers to equity and excellence experienced by individual students at McAuley High School.

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

Student feedback: observing the teacher

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Otumoetai Intermediate School, Student Learning Leaders learn how to undertake structured classroom observations focused on teaching and learning. The students and staff discuss the process and its impact.

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

Opportunity to learn: a sense of urgency

Published: 04 Sep 2017

In responding to its unique context Invercargill Middle School adopted a range of approaches to accelerate learning. Teachers share a collective commitment to making the most of every learning opportunity.

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

Using data to determine the conversation that needs to be had

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At McAuley High School, the use of student achievement data and other evidence is the catalyst for determining who needs to be part of the discussion to seek solutions and establish next steps.

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