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Assessment and professional support

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

Follow links to the National Qualifications Framework, NCEA, and subject-specific web pages, in particular links to the various subject pages. These pages contain links to achievement standards, examiner and moderator reports, exemplar materials and newsletters.

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 changes in assessment practice can contribute to greater student ownership of learning and improved outcomes for students, 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.

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

Explore the creative life pages or search on the arts.

Te Kete Ipurangi

See in particular the Arts Online Teachers are also encouraged to visit other TKI communities.

Any Questions

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 Any Questions, students must be attending a New Zealand 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.

The Te Marautanga site includes a translation into English of the main sections of the draft Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Only learning levels 1, 4, and 6 have been translated in the learning areas.

The Secondary Portal

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

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

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.

Software for Learning

This section of the Enabling eLearning website informs and supports teachers to select and integrate software as part of a rich learning environment. Software for Learning lists quality software recommended by New Zealand teachers for use in schools and early childhood programmes. Software includes social software, freeware, and non-freeware.

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).

Arts resources

Arts Online

Arts organisations, key collections, and facilities

Explore teacher professional learning on Arts Online

Locate arts organisations via the Arts Online

Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ)

Drama New Zealand

Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA)

Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators (ANZAAE)

There is currently no ANZAAE website, but they do have a Facebook page.

Last updated January 13, 2022