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Evaluation of Te Kotahitanga Phase 5 (2010-2012)

It has implications for policy makers, teachers, middle and senior leaders, principals, providers of professional learning, communities, Boards of Trustees, Ministry of Education staff and other government agencies.

"[An] excellent report", "as New Zealand moves forward with Ka Hikitia, I would hope that ... the data reported in Effectiveness of Te Kotahitanga Phase 5, 2010-12 will be considered  carefully" - Quality Assurance by Christine Sleeter, California State University.

Visit: Evaluation of Te Kotahitanga Phase 5 (2010-2012) Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) Programme

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  • High level executive summary: Quality teaching, research and development English medium settings

    The Quality Teaching Research and Development Project (QTR&D) was funded by the Ministry of Education. The exploratory project was developed collaboratively between the ministry, university academics, research facilitators, schools, teachers, students and their communities.

    Author(s): Developed from research coordinators’ original reports with their agreement.

    Date Published: May 2009

    Category: English Medium

  • High level executive summary: Quality teaching, research and development Samoan bilingual hub

    The focus of this summary is the Samoan bilingual hub. This QTR&D hub was set up to improve the quality of teaching and learning (pedagogy and student outcomes) in Samoan bilingual school settings. The project outcomes will inform policy, and future research and development work with teachers in schools.

    Author(s): Developed from research coordinators’ original reports with their agreement.

    Date Published: May 2009

  • Learning from the Quality Teaching Research and Development Programme (QTR&D): Findings of the external evaluation

    The Quality Teaching Research and Development Programme (QTR&D) was a bold and ambitious pilot development and research project. It was designed as an exploratory programme to understand more about quality teaching for Māori and Pasifika students, within designated contexts (literacy, numeracy, social studies and science) and across different language settings (English, Māori and Samoan bilingual).

    Author(s): Lorna M. Earl, Ph.D. Director, Aporia Consulting Ltd. with Helen Timperley, Ph.D. and Georgina M. Stewart, Ed.D.

    Date Published: May 2009

    Category: Māori & English medium

  • Paraprofessional Practice in ESOL Programmes:

    Part 1: Description and evaluation of paraprofessional practices in supporting initial reading programmes

    This document reports on the first part of a two year study on the practices of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) paraprofessionals working with ELL (English Language Learner) migrant students in initial reading programmes.

    Author(s): Dr Sharon Harvey, Heather Richards and Karen Stacey, AUT University. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: April 2009

  • Teaching and Learning in Middle Schooling: A Review of the Literature

    This paper is a summary of a review of literature carried out in 2007 for the Ministry of Education by Dinham and Rowe of the Australian Council for Educational Research.

    Their review, and the summary presented here, are components of a Ministry research programme focused on teaching and learning in the middle schooling years. Other projects within the programme include: a "Study of Students’ Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling"; an investigation of the skills, knowledge and values that may be required by teachers to most effectively meet the needs of Years 7 to 10 students; and an in-depth analysis of ‘student engagement’ during the middle schooling years.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education

    Date Published: March 2009

  • How much difference does it make? Notes on understanding, using, and calculating effect sizes for schools

    A good way of presenting differences between groups or changes over time in test scores or other measures is by ‘effect sizes’, which allow us to compare things happening in different classes, schools or subjects regardless of how they are measured. This booklet is designed to help school staff to understand and use effect sizes, and includes handy tips and warnings as well as useful tables to calculate effect size values from change scores on standardised tests.

    Author(s): Ian Schagen, Research Division [Ministry of Education], Edith Hodgen [NZCER]

    Date Published: March 2009

  • 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.

    Author(s): Various

    Date Published: Various

  • 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.

    Author(s): Strategy and System Performance, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: 2006-2008

  • Ki te Aotūroa: Improving inservice teacher educator learning and practice

    INSTEP is a uniquely New Zealand research project on the practice and learning of inservice teacher educators.

    These learning materials have been developed as a part of INSTEP and are a legacy of the research and development programme.

    Author(s): Learning Media Limited for the Ministry of Education

    Date Published: December 2008

  • 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).

    Author(s): Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: Annually

  • A Study of Students’ Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling

    This brochure provides an outline of the study, a summary of some key findings and implications, and a brief description of the reports on the study, including a third report due later this year.

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

    Date Published: September 2008

  • The Case of Emily: A Focus on Students as they Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling

    This is one of three reports on a study which followed a diverse group of New Zealand students as they made the transition from primary to secondary schooling, progressed through Year 9 and on in to Year 10.

    Author(s): Shelley Kennedy and Sharon Cox, Research, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2008

  • Students’ Achievement as they Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling

    This is one of three reports on a study which followed a diverse group of New Zealand students as they made the transition from primary to secondary schooling, progressed through Year 9 and on in to Year 10.

    Author(s): Sharon Cox and Shelley Kennedy, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2008

  • An Evaluation of the CAS Pilot Project 2006-2007

    This is the final report on the findings of the CAS project.

    Author(s): Alex Neill & Teresa Maguire from New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: August 2008

  • National Education Findings of Assess to Learn (AtoL) Report

    This report describes the impact that the Ministry of Education’s professional development Assess to Learn Project has had on teachers, students and schools in New Zealand.

    Author(s): Dr Jenny Poskitt (Massey University) & Kerry Taylor (Education Group Limited).

    Date Published: July 2008

  • Successful Home-School Partnerships

    The purpose of this research project is to improve understanding of the key elements of successful home–school partnerships, and how these partnerships operate in different school settings. The project has two parts—a review of evidence, and an empirical research component. Both parts of the project are reported on here.

    Author(s): Ally Bull, Keren Brooking & Renee Campbell

    Date Published: June 2008

  • Information and Communication Technologies Professional Development (ICTPD) School Clusters Programme

    This page provides evaluations of the Information and Communication Technologies Professional Development (ICTPD) teacher professional development initiative. The ICTPD School Cluster programmes in New Zealand are aimed at increasing teachers’ ICT skills and pedagogical understandings of ICTs, at increasing the use of ICTs for professional and administrative tasks in schools, and at increasing the frequency and quality of the use of ICTs in schools to support effective classroom teaching and learning.

    Author(s): Various

    Date Published: Various

  • Te Rau Awhina: Good practice examples of Māori and Pasifika Private Training Establishments

    This study was designed to investigate the practices of nominated Māori and Pasifika Private Training Establishments (PTEs) in relation to teaching & learning, and programme design & development. It also investigated for what reasons the nominated Māori and Pasifika PTEs used the strategies they did to develop teaching and learning. It asked what cultural elements were interwoven into their practices, and finally, to what extent the practices of the nominated PTEs compared with those considered in the literature to be indicators of good practice.

    Author(s): Dr Jane Marshall, Kathryn Baldwin and Dr Roger Peach, Research and Knowedge Services, New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

    Date Published: June 2008

    Category: Māori-medium

  • How does achievement at school affect achievement in tertiary education?

    This report explores the relationship between academic achievement at secondary school and first-year achievement in tertiary education. The analysis uses a measure known as 'expected percentile' and school qualification to explain the performance of school leavers in their first year in tertiary education.

    This report provides a complement to the report Post-school choices, which explores the link between school achievement and choices around participation in tertiary education.

    Author(s): David Scott, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: May 2008

  • Post-school choices: How well does academic achievement predict the tertiary education choices of school leavers?

    This report examines the association between academic achievement at secondary school and participation in the various types of tertiary education. This new research supports the government's goal of improving outcomes for young people.

    It provides a complement to the report How does achievement at school affect achievement in tertiary education?, which explores the relationship between academic achievement at secondary school and first-year achievement in tertiary education.

    Author(s): Scott Ussher, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: May 2008

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