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The following links provide assessment information and professional support for teachers of learning languages.

Assessment and professional support

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

  • Follow links to the National Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and subject achievement standards. See in particular NZQA Languages.
  • Further information on assessing with unit standards can be found on the NZQA website. Ministry of Education assessment resources are also hosted on this site.

Assessment Online

  • This key community covers assessment in the classroom, effective use of evidence, and reporting to families and whānau. It offers news, assessment tools and resources, research, a glossary, FAQ, and related links.
  • The linked site Consider the evidence promotes 'evidence-driven decision making for secondary schools' and supports secondary educators in making best use of evidence to improve student achievement.
  • Directions for Assessment in New Zealand, a paper by Michael Absolum, Lester Flockton, John Hattie, 
Rosemary Hipkins, and Ian Reid provides an overview of assessment in the secondary school context and argues that student understanding of assessment is a key to greater ownership of learning. (This paper is available as a download from the Assessment position papers page.)

New Zealand Association of Language Teachers – NZALT

The site provides information about curriculum and assessment matters and professional development and includes links, contact information, and resources.

Resourcing ideas

The following references will help you to plan teaching and learning activities for language learning.

The National Library of New Zealand Curriculum Services

Over 500 000 items are available through the Schools Collection, including books, videos, and DVDs. Schools can also interloan music, books, and serials from the National Library’s general collections through their local curriculum information service centre.

Te Kete Ipurangi

See in particular the languages community. Teachers are also encouraged to visit other TKI communities, such as the ICT community and Software for Learning.

AnyQuestions.co.nz

Students can go to this website to find useful, accurate, online information. Librarians from all over New Zealand are available each weekday between 1 pm and 6 pm to help students search online. To use AnyQuestions, students must be attending a New Zealand primary, intermediate, or secondary school or being home-schooled.

Ministry of Education websites

The New Zealand Curriculum Online

As well as the HTML version of The New Zealand Curriculum, this interactive site offers a variety of support and strategies, news updates, digital stories of schools’ experiences, and archived material relating to development of the curriculum.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

This site includes a translation into English of the main sections of the draft marautanga. Only learning levels 1, 4, and 6 have been translated in the learning areas.

NCEA on TKI

This web page supports the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). From this page you will find resources to support internally assessed level 1, level 2, and level 3 achievement standards aligned to The New Zealand Curriculum (2007).

Secondary middle leaders

This site is designed to assist secondary middle managers to work with their departments to implement the New Zealand Curriculum. It explores various aspects of effective pedagogy.

The Māori education strategy: Ka Hikitia - Accelerating Success 2013 -2017

Ka Hikitia is a five-year strategy that aims to transform and change the education sector, ensuring Māori are able to enjoy education success as Māori.

Te Tere Auraki

This Ministry of Education professional development strategy focuses on improving outcomes for Māori students in English-medium schools. This strategy supports four main projects:

Te Mangōroa

This community for English-medium schools is a portal to stories, reports, statistics, and reviews that reflect effective practices to support Māori learners to achieve education success as Māori. Te Mangōroa contains practical illustrations of what Ka Hikitia - Accelerating Success means for teaching and learning.

Pasifika education

This has been created to enable all of those involved with Pasifika education to find information quickly and easily, including policy, initiatives, publications, research results, and services and funding.

Key Competencies Online

This companion site to the online version of The New Zealand Curriculum offers specific guidance to school leaders and teachers on integrating the key competencies into the daily activities of the school and its teaching and learning programmes.

Other government agency websites

BES (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis) programme

BES is a collaborative knowledge-building strategy designed to strengthen the evidence base that informs education policy and practice in New Zealand.

Last updated July 30, 2015



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