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National Standards Stories

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National Standards came into effect in English-medium schools with pupils in Years 1 to 8 in 2010. The standards set clear expectations that students need to meet in reading, writing, and mathematics in the first eight years at school. 


National Standards – Inquiry for accelerated progress

The Ministry of Education has developed a set of resources that respond to the national aggregate Public Achievement Information data. These resources have been created to support schools to inquire into what needs to be done differently in order to accelerate progress for those students requiring additional help to meet expectations.

There is a progress and achievement inquiry tool that enables you to compare your school’s achievement picture with the national picture. There is also a tool to help you focus your inquiry on students not meeting expected levels and to plan specific teaching actions using strategies and resources to support this. Resources for parents and whānau to use at home to help support their child’s learning are also provided.

 If you have any questions please contact literacy.mathematics@minedu.govt.nz


Register for workshops to support Overall Teacher Judgments

Registrations for workshops to support Overall Teacher Judgments are now open for both English and Māori medium schools and kura.


OTJ workshop registrations now open

Schools can register now, free of charge, for three-hour workshops on Overall Teacher Judgments (OTJ) in terms 1 and 2. Locations, dates, and registration links can be found on the CPL website.


OTJ workshops coming soon

The Ministry of Education, through the Consortium for Professional Learning (CPL), is running 128 three-hour workshops focussing on Overall Teacher Judgments. The workshops are free of charge to schools and will be held across all regions. Details of locations and dates can be found on the CPL website .  

Registrations will be open to all schools from the 1st March 2014. In order to enable maximum participation from schools across the country there is currently a registration limit of two staff members per school.


Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT)

The Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) is being developed to support teachers’ professional judgments in relation to the National Standards, and in particular to improve thereliability and consistency of judgments over time. 


Written reporting in plain language

This Education Gazette article explains how Wendy Kofoed, principal of Newmarket School, identified the need to review her school’s practice on reporting to parents, leading to positive communication between whānau and teachers.


New research report: School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation Project 2010-2012

The fifth report from the National Standards School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation (NSSSME) project has been released. This report covers the implementation of National Standards during 2012 and analyses trends from 2010 to 2012.


National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori information—why is it publicly available?

In May, the Ministry will again publish National Standards data for reading, writing and mathematics from schools and kura in Years 1-8 using The New Zealand Curriculum and (for the first time ever) information on Kura and Māori medium settings using Te Marautanga o Aotearoa against Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori...


National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori information

Later this year, the Ministry of Education will release National Standards information for the second time (the first was in September 2012) on the Education Counts website. This year, the Ministry will also release information on Kura and Māori medium settings using Te Marautanga o Aotearoa against Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.

So watch this space.  You’ll be hearing more about the publication of our National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori information very soon.


Mathematics in Years 4 to 8: Developing a Responsive Curriculum

In this evaluation ERO used the mathematics learning area and associated standards to look at what schools were doing to raise the achievement of students in Years 4 to 8.

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Updated on: 25 Sep 2010