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Assessment and professional support

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

  • Follow links to the National Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and subject achievement standards. See in particular NZQA Technology.
  • 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.

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 reports on schools’ effectiveness in the collection and use of assessment:

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.

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 homeschooled.

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.

The Film Archive

The On Disk library of audiovisual teaching resources for secondary schools includes over 40 titles covering a range of subjects, with more titles to be added. ON DISK has now ceased to operate as a lending library. However, all titles can be screened and guided by teachers from the Film Archive's team.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

“Te ara” in Māori means “the pathway”. Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. When complete, it will be a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions, and society.

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

This website provides an online biographical database on the people who have helped shape New Zealand.

Accounting teaching and learning resources

Professional associations

New Zealand Commerce and Economics Teachers’ Association (CETA)

This website provides information about professional learning opportunities and curriculum resources for members. It also hosts forum for discussion about the teaching and learning of commerce and economics.

New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants

Teachers and students can find information on this website about career pathways, resources, scholarships and grants, upcoming events. It also provides access to New Zealand international reporting standards and other information about this professional body.

Government websites

The Inland Revenue Department – Te Tari Taki

This website provides a wealth of information and resources that will support learning about accounting including specific information about GST, tax returns. There is also free access to useful interactive tools for business including online cashbooks, income and expense books.

New Zealand Legislation

This site contains New Zealand Acts, Bills, and Regulations. You can read and download any of these free of charge. Relevant information includes the Companies Act, Financial Reporting Act, Resource Management Act, Partnership Act.

The Ministry of Economic Development – Manatū Ōhanga

There is lots of information about the setting up and running of small businesses on this site, which also provides multiple links to other relevant websites.


This site includes information for small businesses about business tax, access to finance, intellectual property, cash flow forecasting. It also provides access to interactive tools.

New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development

This site provides guidelines, case studies, and reports about ways to implement change that will lead to sustainable development in business settings.

Sustainable Business Network

Sections in this web site focus on different ways that people can engage in sustainable business practice: “Learn stuff”, “Do stuff”, “Share stuff”, “Create stuff”. It also provides links to up-to-date research and discussion on the topic.

Media websites

Financial Review

Case studies and news from Australia and New Zealand's leading businesses.


With over 15,000 employees in 192 locations, Bloomberg delivers business and financial information, news, and insight around the world.

Professional development resources

Ministry of Education websites

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:

Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners

Tātaiako sets out the competencies that successful teachers of Māori learners will need to develop throughout their careers, based on knowledge, respect, and collaborative approaches to Māori students, their whānau, and iwi that are integral to creating culturally responsive learning environments and contexts.

Pacific Education Plan 2020–2030

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.

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 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.

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.

The Secondary Education Portal

The secondary education portal provides links to information, resources, and guidance, to support secondary teaching and learning.

Social Sciences Online

This site has pages for 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) (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 social sciences, levels 1–5, it has much of value for teachers of other subjects, including teachers at levels 6–8.

Last updated September 6, 2022