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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, FAQs, 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 a view of how assessment can best serve learning, 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 three reports on schools’ effectiveness in the collection and use of assessment:

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) - maths information.

Mathematics associations

Resourcing ideas

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


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.

The National Library of New Zealand Services to Schools

Services to Schools supports educators by providing professional learning, advice, and quality resources to inspire and inform student learning, foster their love of reading, and develop their knowledge of culture and heritage.

Te Kete Ipurangi

See in particular the mathematics community. Teachers are also encouraged to visit other TKI communities, such as the ICT community and Software for Learning. The mathematics community links directly to NZMaths.

Teaching and learning resources

The Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT)

The centre was established in 1986. It is a focus for research and curriculum development in mathematics teaching and learning, with the aim of unifying and enhancing mathematical progress in schools and universities. Many resources can be found here. Topical Application of Mathematics or Mathematics Enhancement Programme (MEP) may be of particular interest.


This site provides interactive graphics, algebra, and spreadsheets, from primary school to university level.

Google Sketch Up

This is a freeware 3D sketching software for the conceptual stages of design. Suitable for drawing 3D shapes.

Mathematical imagery

The connection between mathematics and art goes back thousands of years.

Maths is Fun

Mathematics is explained in easy language, and includes puzzles, games, quizzes, and worksheets.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

This is a library of unique interactive web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials.

NZMaths links

The links area of this site provides links to other websites that will be useful to teachers. Inclusion of links in this section should not be seen as an endorsement of the content of the site, but rather, as an indication that it may be valuable for classroom programmes.

Plus magazine

This magazine opens a door to the world of maths, with all its beauty and applications, by providing articles from the top mathematicians and science writers on topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology, and sport.

Real world math

This website will appeal to educators who wish to extend mathematics concepts. Google Earth is the dynamic tool used to accomplish this. It provides clear satellite views of the globe in an interactive 3D environment. Users can add place marks, annotations, photos, and models, as well as measure distances and draw paths.


Take any video of choice (yes, any video on YouTube, not just ours) and make it the heart of a "lesson" that can easily be assigned in class or as homework, complete with context, follow-up questions and further resources.

Ted Talks

This site includes interesting talks about maths.

Statistics focus

The Baby Name Wizard

This site allows for the exploration of the changing popularity of baby names in the US since the late 19th century. It gives analysis by name, individual state, income, and so on.

Census at School 

This site includes many resources for a full and stimulating journey through the PPDAC cycle. See also the informal inference link for the latest on teaching statistical inference from Year 10 to Year 13. Includes talks from Chris Wild of Auckland University.


This web resource allows a dynamic exploration of social statistics using graphing software developed by Hans Rosling. Watch one of Hans Rosling fantastic lectures.

Google public data explorer

This makes large datasets easy to explore, visualise, and communicate.

Numeracy in the news 1

This website aims to inspire teachers and students to read their local newspapers and find articles that illustrate different aspects of numeracy. It is useful for statistical literacy ideas.

Numeracy in the news 2

This website aims to help teachers develop teaching and learning strategies to build students' ability to think critically about the way mathematical concepts are used in everyday contexts, such as the news. This site is useful for statistical literacy ideas.

Statistics glossary

Statistics New Zealand 

The government agency has specific school targeted resources. SURFs are particularly good.

Statistics videos

A range of videos are provided here from Otago University, with a variety of researchers explaining how they use statistics in their work. It includes datasets suitable for senior students.

Professional development resources


This includes a variety of resources aimed at the undergraduate level that would also be useful for teachers of senior secondary statistics students. Webinars link is especially useful for teachers interested in the latest research in statistics education.

Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (PDF 386KB)

This book covers years 1–13 statistics and gives good examples of how to progress students in statistical thinking. It was written under the auspices of the American Statistical Association.

National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics – NCETM

The NCETM aims to support and encourage mathematics-specific professional development for all teachers of mathematics across all phases. On the NCETM portal you will find a wealth of resources and tools to help you realise your own – and your learners’ – potential. They have developed a number of professional development modules for mathematics teachers. Each module takes the teacher through a number of guided activities online to develop their thinking and encourage reflection about the theme.

Ministry of Education websites

Ka Hikitia – Accelerating success: The Māori Education Strategy 2013–17

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

Key Competencies Online

This companion site to the New Zealand Curriculum online website 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.

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.

Pasifika Education Plan

This website 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.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

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

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.

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. See in particular Effective Pedagogy in Social Sciences/Tikanga ā Iwi: Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration (BES).

The Context for Māori Economic Development (PDF 692KB)

Last updated June 10, 2024