• Patterns of student progress in the Intensive Wraparound Service

    Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS) is designed for the small number of children and young people with highly complex and challenging behaviour, social or education needs, including those with an intellectual difficulty. IWS in New Zealand is a relatively new and rapidly evolving service that began in 2009/2010. In 2014, IWS aimed to support up to 285 students with a further 50 students being supported through a combined IWS/Severe Behaviour Initiative. This evaluation focused on the IWS-only students and was designed to contribute to the further development of IWS. It is part of a wider evaluation designed to provide the Ministry of Education and sector stakeholders with a fuller understanding of how three of the key PB4L initiatives-School-Wide (SW), Incredible Years: Teachers (IYT) and the Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS)-are being implemented in New Zealand.

    Author(s): Jacky Burgon, Melanie Berg and Nicole Herdina, New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: March 2016

  • Innovations in Partnership Schools Kura Hourua

    The Ministry of Education has a clear focus on improving student achievement, and employs a range of approaches to support the sector’s efforts, including provision of strategic leadership, resources, and targeted interventions. Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (PSKH) is a new policy that provides an innovative addition to this mix.

    Author(s): Martin, Jenkins & Associates. Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: Ocotober 2015

  • Insights for Teachers: How teachers and principals of Year 7-10 students use their time

    This is the second 'Insights for Teachers' focusing on TALIS.

    In this 'Insights for Teachers' we report on the activities of New Zealand teachers and principals, and the high levels of job satisfaction they reported in the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS).

    TALIS asked Year 7-10 teachers how they spent their time for a randomly chosen Year 7-10 class from their current timetable and how much work time they spent on various activities in a recent week. Their principals were asked about how they divided their time over a school year.

    Author(s): Chris Cockerill, Debra Taylor and Nicola Marshall, Evidence, Data and Knowledge, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2015

  • 2014 Annual Evaluation Report for the Teach First NZ Programme

    This report is the second annual evaluation report for the Teach First NZ pilot programme. The first report focused on the programme’s first year, Cohort 13. This second report focuses on Year 2 for Cohort 13 and Year 1 for Cohort 14.

    Author(s): Jenny Whatman, Jo MacDonald and Liesje Stevens, New Zealand Council of Education Research. Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2015

  • Attendance and Absence in New Zealand Schools

    This is the home page for the Attendance and Absence in New Zealand Schools publication series. These reports document the surveys of state and state integrated schools designed to capture student attendance and absence over one week.

    Author(s): Various

    Date Published: Various

  • Insights for Teachers: A profile of teachers who teach Year 7-10 students and their principals

    In this 'Insights for Teachers' we report on the first New Zealand findings from the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS).

    TALIS asks teachers who teach students in any of Years 7, 8, 9 or 10, and their principals, about the conditions that contribute to their learning environments: their work, their schools and their classrooms.

    Author(s): Chris Cockerill, Debra Taylor and Nicola Marshall, Evidence, Data and Knowledge, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: July 2015

  • How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2014

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2014 and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context. This year's report mostly relates to education in 2012.

    Author(s): David Scott, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: November 2014

  • TELA Laptops Scheme School Survey 2013

    This report outlines the results of the TELA Laptops Scheme School Survey for 2013. This survey was conducted in order to determine whether the current products offered by the TELA Scheme are meeting user needs and to examine the quality of support services schools receive from Telecom Rental.

    Author(s): Emanuel Kalafatelis, Katrina Magill and Hayley Stirling, Research New Zealand.

    Date Published: July 2014

  • International Capabilities: A summary report for schools

    This a summary report for schools, drawn from research and analysis by the Ministry of Education and an explorative study completed by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research into international capabilities for students in New Zealand schools.

    Author(s): International Division, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: July 2014

  • Measuring New Zealand students' international capabilities: An exploratory study

    This exploratory study considers the feasibility of measuring New Zealand senior secondary (Years 12/13) students' "international capabilities". Building on background work undertaken by the Ministry's International Division, the methodology had three components. Analysis of New Zealand and international literature pertinent to assessment of international capabilities was undertaken. Small-group workshops were conducted with 13 secondary school staff, 21 senior secondary students, and 10 professionals with relevant expertise and perspectives about expression of international capabilities in post-school life. The third component was a visit to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to discuss similar assessment challenges in their work.

    Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Rosemary Hipkins and Liesje Stevens, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

    Date Published: July 2014

  • 2013 Annual Evaluation Report for the Teach First NZ programme pilot delivered in partnership with the University of Auckland

    This evaluation’s main purpose is to understand how well the programme has been implemented and to what extent it has achieved its objectives. The key evaluation questions are:

    1. How well (effectively and efficiently) has the programme been implemented?
    2. To what extent has the programme achieved its overall outcomes and objectives?

    To answer the evaluation questions the evaluators developed a set of evaluation criteria in consultation with the Ministry and the Teach First NZ partnership. Our key findings are provided for each of the evaluation questions in relation to these criteria.

    Author(s): Jenny Whatman, Marie Cameron, Liesje Stevens and Lorraine Spiller, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

    Date Published: June 2014

  • Annual Monitoring of Reading Recovery

    This is the home page for the Annual Monitoring of Reading Recovery publication series. Reading Recovery is an early literacy intervention designed to achieve two outcomes:

    1. to accelerate the reading and writing progress of students who have not made expected progress in learning to read and write after one year at school
    2. to identify the small number of students who will need further, ongoing literacy support.

    As part of the continuing evaluation of the implementation of Reading Recovery, schools with Reading Recovery are asked to provide information for the Ministry of Education on an annual basis. This information is used to examine trends in the delivery of Reading Recovery and the progress of students, and to assist the Ministry in developing policies regarding literacy.

    Author(s): Various

    Date Published: Various

  • How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2013

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2013 and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context. This year's report mostly relates to education in 2011.

    Author(s): David Scott, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2013

  • National Education Network Trial Extension: Evaluation Report

    This report summarises the findings from the evaluation of the National Education Network Trial Extension (NEN Trial). It focuses on changes to teachers’ practices and the learning experiences of their students as a result of their school’s participation in the NEN Trial from July 2011 through to July 2012. Findings reported include respondent perceptions of the impact of the NEN Trial, their confidence, attitudes and values regarding digital technologies, the professional development they have experienced and the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning.

    Author(s): Lorrae Ward (PhD) with the support of Patrick Marentette and Kane Meissel, Cyperus Limited. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: June 2013

  • School ICT Infrastructure Survey

    The School ICT Infrastructure Survey provides information about the current state of ICT infrastructure in New Zealand schools, how they are currently using technology and what they would find valuable in terms of content and services to enhance teaching and learning.

    Author(s): Schools Infrastructure Group, Ultra-fast Broadband in Schools, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: April 2013

  • Evaluative study of co-located schools established following the Christchurch earthquake

    The key purposes of this study were to describe the co-location arrangements made by the schools in Christchurch following the earthquake and to identify the impact to date (August 2011) of co-location on students families teachers and schools.

    Author(s): Vince Ham, Gina Cathro, Michael Winter and Josephine Winter, CORE Education Limited.

    Date Published: December 2012

  • Evaluation of Literacy and Mathematics Additional Learning Programmes for Students 2011

    This research report outlines the findings of an evaluation of the Literacy and Mathematics: Programmes for Students 2011, a Ministry of Education initiative to provide additional teacher time to enable selected schools to organise programmes for students who were assessed as ‘below’ or ‘well below’ the National Standards in mathematics, reading or writing. This initiative allowed a primary or intermediate school to design programmes in mathematics, reading or writing for a group of students to work intensively with a selected teacher.

    Author(s): Bronwen Cowie, Clive McGee, Mira Peter, Merilyn Taylor and Junjun Chen, University of Waikato.

    Date Published: November 2012

  • National Standards: School Sample Monitoring & Evaluation Project 2011

    This is the fourth report from the National Standards School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation Project 2010-2013, a three year project on National Standards implementation in a representative sample of schools.

    Looking at the extent to which National Standards were operating as intended in 2011, the project focused on Overall Teacher Judgments (OTJs), reporting to parents, reporting to the board of trustees through student achievement targets and identifying students for intervention. In mid-2011 the project team interviewed principals, and collected copies of schools’ student achievement targets and analysis of variance reports. At the end of 2011 they collected OTJs for students from the sample schools, as well as a sample of students’ end-of-year reports. There were also surveys of groups of teachers, principals, and board of trustees' chairpersons. The teacher survey used assessment scenarios to collect information about teachers’ judgments using the National Standards.

    Author(s): Jenny Ward and Gill Thomas, Maths Technology Limited

    Date Published: September 2012

  • National Standards: Survey of Parents and Whānau 2011

    This is the third report from the National Standards School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation Project 2010-2013, a three year project on National Standards implementation in a representative sample of schools.

    Describing results from a survey of parents and whānau, this report focuses on how schools use information from National Standards to report to and communicate with parents and whānau. The survey was designed to collect information about the extent to which parents and whānau understand the information in their child’s report about their achievement in relation to National Standards and the ways in which families can support learning at home. Consistent with this aim, the views described in this report represent the ways in which parents and whānau have interpreted end-of-year reports rather than an objective analysis of report content. Differences between these perspectives and the findings of a direct analysis of reports are identified.

    Author(s): Gill Thomas and Jenny Ward, Maths Technology Limited.

    Date Published: September 2012

  • Parents, Families and Whānau and their Information Needs

    This report describes the main findings from research that provides valuable, in-depth insights about the information and communication needs of parents, families and whānau when they are:

    • choosing a school for their child
    • seeking information about their child’s school so that they can assess and compare their child’s learning progress and achievement with other students at the same level, and know how to ask appropriate questions
    • determining their individual child’s learning, progress, achievement, next learning steps and wellbeing.

    Author(s): Colmar Brunton. Report for the Ministry of Education

    Date Published: September 2012

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