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Assessment and professional support

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

  • Follow links to the National Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and subject achievement standards.
  • Further information on assessing with unit standards can be found on the NZQA website. Some assessment resources are also available.

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.
  • For an overview of assessment, see Directions for Assessment in New Zealand, a report by Michael Absolum, Lester Flockton, 
John Hattie, 
Rosemary Hipkins, and 
Ian Reid (also available as a Word or PDF file).

Education Review Office

In 2007, ERO published reports on schools’ effectiveness in the collection and use of assessment:

New Zealand Association of Philosophy Teachers (NZAPT)

As teachers begin to consider the learning needs of students and how best to engage their interests, they will need to access a range of resources in print and online. The NZAPT website provides guidance and references that will help plan teaching and learning activities for philosophy at curriculum levels 6, 7, and 8. Contact the relevant subject expert listed on the NZAPT website for assistance in sourcing resources.

Resourcing ideas

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

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 social sciences community. Teachers are also encouraged to visit other TKI communities, such as the ICT community and Software for Learning.

Social Sciences Online

This site provides pages specific to the following senior subjects: business studies, classical studies, economics, geography, history, and senior social studies (see links under 'Senior secondary' on the landing page).

Social sciences online also provides PDFs of titles in the Ministry of Education series Building Conceptual Understandings in the Social Sciences (BCUSS). (These are listed in 'Featured content', right navigation.)

  • Approaches to building conceptual understandings
  • Approaches to social inquiry
  • Being part of a global community
  • Belonging and participating in society

Although the BCUSS series is designed to help teachers of levels 1–5, it is strongly recommended to senior social science teachers.

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.

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.

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013–2017 is a strategy to rapidly change how the education system performs so that all Māori students gain the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to enjoy and achieve 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 Kotahitanga, Te Kauhua, Ako Panuku, and Te Mana Kōrero.

Pasifika education plan 2013–2017

This site takes a closer look at the Pasifika Education Plan and the Pasifika Education Implementation Plan. It offers reflective questions, ideas, stories, and resources to support and inspire schools to make a difference for all Pasifika students.

Key Competencies Online

This section of New Zealand Curriculum online 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 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. See in particular: Effective Pedagogy in Social Sciences/Tikanga ā iwi: Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration [BES] (2008).

Other websites

The following websites have been recommended as helpful by teachers. They have not been extensively reviewed or checked for quality.

Philosophy and Critical Thinkers in Senior Schools

This Australian site is a resource repository suitable for students who have already had some exposure to philosophy. Register to participate in discussions and make comments. 'Assessment items' includes material which could easily be adapted for New Zealand classrooms. An excellent section, highlighting philosophical ideas in the news, has a focus on applied ethics. For senior students, there are links to original philosophical texts.

Squashed philosophers

A compressed history of philosophy well pitched for secondary students, with comprehensive coverage of Western and Eastern philosophies. Each article comes with an estimated reading time (most typically 20–25 minutes).

Last updated September 28, 2018



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