Publication Series

  • ALL (Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey)

    This is the home page for the ALL Survey publications, and its predecessor IALS (International Adult Literacy Survey).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • BES (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis)

    This publication page provides access to the Ministry of Education Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration (BES publications).

    For more information visit the BES Home page.

  • Competent Children, Competent Learners

    This is the home page for the Competent Children, Competent Learners publication series.

    The Competent Children, Competent Learners project is a longitudinal study undertaken by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) which focuses on a group of about 500 young people from the greater Wellington region.

    Seven phases of the project have now been completed - the first when the students were near age 5, the next when they were at age 6 and then at ages 8, 10, 12,14 and 16. A further phase is currently underway collecting data from the sample of young people at age 20.

  • Demographics and Educational Rolls

    The publication series included in this section are:

    • New Zealand Birth Reports: These annual reports look at the recent trend in births and examine which regions are most likely to be effected in the future.
    • Quarterly Migration Reports: These reports comment on the emerging trends in migration and the potential impact on schools.
    • National School Roll Projections Reports: These reports are used by the Ministry of Education to assess the demand for resources in the school sector.

  • Education Statistics of New Zealand

    This is the home page for the Education Statistics of New Zealand publication series. These publications provide basic information on the education sector.

    Basic information is provided for early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling, and tertiary education.  Education Statistics of New Zealand is provided in Booklet format(as PDF downloads) and as Statistical Table format (as MS Excel downloads).

  • ICCS (International Civic and Citizenship Education Study)

    New Zealand was one of 38 countries which took part in ICCS in 2008. ICCS focuses on Year 9 students' knowledge and understanding of civic systems and citizenship issues, and their attitudes, values and behaviours relating to civics and citizenship. It also looks at differences among countries in relation to the outcomes of civic and citizenship education and how these differences relate to student, school and community backgrounds.

  • Insights for Teachers

    Insights for teachers is a series of research briefs designed to bring the wide range of data and research held by the Ministry to the teaching profession.

  • International Students Trends Reports

    Reports published by the Ministry of Education on the key trends in enrolments of foreign fee paying students in New Zealand

  • Monitoring Teacher Supply

    This is the home page for the Monitoring Teacher Supply publication series.

    Since 1997 the Research Division of the Ministry of Education has undertaken a Teacher Vacancy Survey of all state and state integrated schools at the beginning of each school year to monitor the staffing situation in New Zealand schools. This one-page survey provides the Ministry with a snapshot of the number of entitlement staffing vacancies and re-advertised vacancies in schools at the start of Term 1, and for secondary schools, in what subject areas pressure points are occurring.

  • Māori in Tertiary Education: Fact Sheets

    A series of fact sheets that presents information on Māori tertiary education students: their participation by qualification level, their qualification completions, their field of study and student allowances and loans – as well as participation in industry training by Māori employees.

    These series of short fact sheets have been jointly developed by teams from the Ministry of Education – Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Māori Tertiary Education – and the Tertiary Education Commission. These fact sheets provide easy access to key information on Māori in tertiary education and analysis of trends for Māori by selected tertiary education topics.

    You can also find information on Māori students in the annual reports Profile & Trends: New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Sector and the Tertiary Education Statistics, also available on Education Counts.

  • National Standards: School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation Project

    In 2010 the Ministry commissioned a three year monitoring and evaluation project to get a broad overview of the implementation of National Standards in a representative sample of English-medium state schools with Year 1 – 8 students. The National Standards School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation (NSSSME) Project is contracted to Maths Technology Ltd, an independent evaluation company with specialist expertise in literacy, numeracy, educational assessment and evaluation. The project is led by Dr Gill Thomas.

    The project collects monitoring and evaluation information from a sample of English-medium state schools as they introduce and implement National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics (Years 1-8). The project tracks the progressive impact of the implementation of National Standards in schools over time, so its focus changes as the implementation focus in schools does.

  • New Zealand Schools: Ngā Kura o Aotearoa

    New Zealand Schools: Ngā Kura o Aotearoa, also known as the Schools Sector Report, is the annual report of the Minister of Education on the compulsory schools sector in New Zealand. The reports provide information on how well the schools sector is performing.

    The reports open with a broad survey of student achievement outcomes, drawing together and summarising the latest information. They assesses the extent to which outcomes have improved and areas in which progress is still required.

    This is followed by consideration of key issues such as: schools' engagement of their students, their families and communities; quality teaching; and quality schools (which incorporates matters of governance, leadership, resourcing and financial performance).

  • Ngā Haeata Mātauranga: Annual Report on Maori Education

    This is the home page for the Ngā Haeata Mātauranga: Annual Report on Māori Education publication series. See below for a general description of the publication or follow one of the links to view the publication for that year.

  • OECD's Education at a Glance

    Every year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) publishes Education at a Glance (EAG), a set of indicators that compares the education systems of its member countries, and participating partner countries.

    This series "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance and summarises the characteristics and performance of New Zealand's education system in an international context.

  • Pasifika Education Plan: Monitoring Report

    This is the home page for the Pasifika Education Plan: Monitoring Report publication series.

    The Pasifika Education Plan provides the Ministry of Education with strategic direction for improving education outcomes for Pasifika peoples in New Zealand. This monitoring report assesses performance against the plan.

    For the latest data on the targets from the Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 please visit: Progress against Pasifika Education Plan targets on Education Counts.

  • Pasifika in tertiary education

    This is the home page of two annual fact sheets – one on Pasifika peoples in tertiary education and the other one on Pasifika tertiary education students by ethnicity.

    The information includes where Pasifika tertiary education students study, their qualification levels, qualification completions, field of study and information on Pasifika student allowances recipients and student loan borrowers. Also included is Pacific employees’ participation in industry training. You can find more information on Pasifika students in the annual reports Profile & Trends: New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Sector publications and the Pasifika Tertiary Education Statistics, also available on this site.

  • PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study)

    The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) is a research project that provides information on the reading literacy of Year 5 students.

  • PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment)

    The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international study that is administered on a three-yearly basis. The study assesses how well 15 year-old are prepared to meet the challenges of today’s society. PISA assesses three key areas of knowledge and skills: reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy, and has a focus on one these learning areas in each administration.

  • Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

    Positive Behaviour for Learning School-wide (PB4L School-wide) is the New Zealand version of a proven international initiative called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. It offers primary, intermediate, and secondary schools a way of building a consistent and positive school-wide climate to support learning.

    These reports present the findings from a three phased evaluation of PB4L School-wide. The first report outlines preliminary findings including the implementation of PB4L School-wide, the second report presents case studies from seven schools participating in the programme, and the third and final report summarises the findings from the final phase of the evaluation.

  • Profile & Trends: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Sector

    Profile & Trends is a primary information resource on New Zealand’s tertiary education system covering participation, achievement, resourcing, capability, research and much more.

    In addition to the analysis of sector trends and performance, the report contains a number of short articles on topics of interest to the sector’s stakeholders and those who are involved in the provision of tertiary education.

  • Quarterly Migration Reports

    Published quarterly, this series of reports gives an update of actual external migration statistics for children based on data provided by Statistics New Zealand. The reports comment on the emerging trends in migration and the potential impact on schools.

  • Research Record

    (Rangahau Matauranga) - Research Division's current projects and list of published research reports.

    Information about research and evaluation work undertaken and commissioned by the Research Division of the Ministry of Education. Also available here is a list of current and old publications.

  • Resource Teachers: Literacy Data Collection

    This is the home page for the Resource Teachers: Literacy Data Collection publication series.

    Data on students taught by Resource Teachers: Literacy (RT:Lits) and their precursors, the Resource Teachers of Reading (RTRs) have been collected and analysed each year since 1992. RT:Lits offer specialist assistance to primary and intermediate level school students (mostly six to twelve-year-olds) with moderate difficulties in reading and written literacy, and oral language. The data provide valuable information for commenting on these children and for policy makers in making sound decisions about the work and role of the Resource Teachers: Literacy.

  • Results of the School Board of Trustees Elections

    These reports summarise information on the triennial boards of trustees elections, and mid-term elections. The reports focus on the election of parent representatives to school boards of trustees.

    Boards of trustees of state and state integrated schools must hold elections for parent and staff representatives every three years. A board may also decide to adopt a mid-term election cycle where half the number of its parent representatives are elected at a mid-term election (18 months after the triennial election) and the remainder are elected at the triennial election.

    Triennial elections were held in 1998, 2001,2004, 2007, and 2010.

    A by-election can occur at any stage in the election cycle if an elected trustee leaves the board and thereby creates a casual vacancy. Although the major changes in board membership occur in triennial election years, there is still some fluctuation in intervening years due to casual vacancies, by-elections, and mid-term elections.

  • Secondary Literacy

    National and international evidence suggests that in many education systems, including New Zealand, large numbers of students graduate from or leave school without the levels of literacy and language knowledge and skills needed for successful 21st century living.

    The education research literature identifies that there are many challenges in meeting the literacy demands of upper primary and secondary schooling. In New Zealand, adolescent literacy interventions, such as the Secondary Literacy Project (SLP), are part of a wider strategy for addressing underachievement, especially for Māori and Pasifika students.

  • State of Education in New Zealand

    This is the home page for the annual State of Education in New Zealand publication series. This report presents a picture of New Zealand’s education system with indicators on participation, achievement, effective teaching, labour market outcomes and resourcing across the early childhood, schooling and tertiary sectors. This report has been superseded by the Education Sector Indicators.

  • Student Loan Scheme Annual Reports

    This is the home page for the Student Loan Scheme Annual Report publication series. The Student Loan Scheme Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament each year since 2001 and provides public accountability information to government and New Zealanders to show that the scheme is achieving its primary objective – ensuring that tertiary education is financially attainable to all New Zealanders.

    Each report provides information on the loan scheme and its performance, as well as statistics on those borrowing under the scheme and their repayment behaviour. In addition, each report contains financial schedules for the most recent fiscal year.

  • Te Kōtahitanga

    This is the homepage for the Te Kōtahitanga publication series. The project sought to investigate how to improve the educational achievement of Māori students in mainstream secondary school classrooms, by talking with Māori students and other participants in their education. It was from these narratives that the rest of the Te Kōtahitanga project developed.

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