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Assessment and professional support

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

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:

Resourcing ideas

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

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 Ara: The encyclopedia of New Zealand

See the theme government and nation.

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.


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.

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.

Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020–2030

This site takes a closer look at the Pacific 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).

New Zealand Government

The Governor-General

New Zealand legislation

This site contains New Zealand Acts, Bills, and Regulations. 
You can read and download any of these free of charge.

New Zealand Police: Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa

New Zealand central and local government services

Office of the Ombudsmen Te Tari o Ngā Kaitiaki Mana Tangata

Office of the Privacy Commissioner: Te Mana Matapono Matatapu

Office of Film and Literature Classification

New Zealand Law Commission Te Aka Matua o te Ture

Ministry of Justice Tāhū o te Ture

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Manatū Aorere

Ministry of Youth Development Te Manatū Whakahiato

New Zealand Immigration Service

The Human Rights Commission Te Kāhui Tika Tangata

Waitangi Tribunal Te Ropū Whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi

Government websites in other countries

Parliament of Australia

United Kingdom Parliament

The White House

US Courts

Other websites

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

Center for Civic Education

A non-profit, non-partisan educational corporation aiming to promote an enlightened, responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law

Search on Doug Linder, then click on 'Famous Trials'.

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

A range of useful Australian resources.

YouthLaw Tino Rangatiratanga Taitamariki

A variety of resources about the law and youth.

Last updated February 21, 2023