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Identifying learning needs

How effectively does the (school/national) curriculum support all students to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners?

The primary outcome for New Zealand students (described as the ‘vision’ in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa) is for all students to be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners. This outcome is supported by a range of standards for particular year levels, as described in the National Standards and NCEA standards.

Teachers and school leaders need the capability to support students to reach this outcome. The overview of Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) findings / He Tirohanga ki ngā kitenga o He Kete Raukura describes the teaching, teacher professional learning, educationally powerful relationships, and leadership capabilities needed. Specific curriculum and content knowledge is a critical part of this capability.

Tools

There are a number of tools to support an inquiry into effectiveness – to identify performance and capability. The tools are grouped around an inquiry into supporting particular groups of students (achievement and qualitative data would have signalled the area needed for review).

  • The self-review tools have been trialled with schools and provide guidance in their use.
  • The ERO indicators have come from the national reports.

The key tool for all schools will be:

School Evaluation Indicators 2015 (Trial)

Achieving equity and excellence of education outcomes for all children and young people is the major challenge for the New Zealand education system.

SOS diagram.

The new effective practice indicators have been developed working with expert advisers and drawing on the best evidence of what really works to achieve equity and excellence. These indicators reflect new research and evidence and we are confident that using the indicators to adapt practice will raise student achievement.

The following tools are context specific:

The Quick Start Guide for The self-review tool for schools: Focus on students achieving below curriculum expectations in literacy (years 1–8) provides strong guidance that can be applied to the use of any of the tools listed below.

Year 1-10 English language learners

Self review tool for schools: Focus on students achieving below curriculum expectations in literacy (years 1-8)

This tool designed by schools in collaboration with the MOE, supports understanding of what to achieve and what to focus on next. The quick start guide suggests how to start, and how to explore the evidence.

Year 1-10 students below reading and writing expectations

Self review tool for schools: Focus on students achieving below curriculum expectations in literacy (years 1-8)

A self-review tool to support schools to better understand what they need to achieve and what they should focus on next. 

ERO literacy and mathematics in years 9 and 10: Using achievement information to promote success (July 2012) (criteria for effectiveness)

This ERO report evaluates how effectively schools use literacy and mathematics achievement information to improve learning for years 9 and 10 students. Use the set of criteria (appendix 2) to determine what effective practice in your school looks like.

PISA 2009: Reading Workbook - What might the PISA 2009 reading findings mean for our teachers and school leaders?

Identifies seven key areas associated with classroom instruction and important adults that influence 15 year olds as effective readers. Each aspect has self-review questions for schools to explore.

Year 1-10 students below mathematics expectations

ERO Mathematics in years 4 to 8: Developing a responsive curriculum (ERO February 2013) (self-review indicators)

This ERO evaluation 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. Use the self-review indicators (appendix 3) to determine the effectiveness of your school's mathematics curriculum.

ERO literacy and mathematics in years 9 and 10: Using achievement information to promote success (July 2012) (criteria for effectiveness)

This ERO report evaluates how effectively schools use literacy and mathematics achievement information to improve learning for years 9 and 10 students. Use the set of criteria (appendix 2) to determine what effective practice in your school looks like.

Underachievement in priority groups of students - Māori

Measurable Gains Framework tools

These self-review tools provide common definitions and measurements of effectiveness in relation to Māori learners enjoying and achieving education success as Māori, and will support schools to gather and interpret their own information.

Ruia: School-whānau partnership review tool

This interactive tool helps school leaders and whānau to identify the strengths and needs of their school–whānau partnerships.

Ruia: Appraisal tool

A resource for principals and school leaders who want appraisal to lead to deep learning for teachers and to educational success for Māori students.

Students with particular strengths and needs whose teachers need support

Gifted and Talented: Meeting their needs in NZ - self-review

These self-review questions (based on research and ERO reports; p.18) can be used as a starter for inquiry to help schools develop and review their approaches to meeting the needs of gifted and talented students.

Students with particular strengths and needs who need classroom support

Inclusive practices self-review tool

The Inclusive Practices tools support schools to promote and display inclusive education practices. Schools can confidentially store data, access reports of their data, find suggestions for next steps and actions, and track changes over time.

Wellbeing@school tool

The Wellbeing@School tools explore how different layers of school life contribute to creating a safe and caring climate that deters bullying. 

Curriculum development years 1 - 10

National Standards: Self-review tools

These self-review tools are for schools to evaluate the way the National Standards are embedded in school curriculum. 

Career Education Benchmarks – Year 7 and 8

A self-review tool for schools to assess and improve the quality of their career education for year 7 and 8 students.

Career Education Benchmarks – Secondary

A self-review tool for secondary schools to assess and improve the quality of their career education programmes and services.

Updated on: 11 Jul 2013


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