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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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  • OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes

    In 2010 New Zealand participated in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes. The purpose of the review was to explore how systems of evaluation and assessment can be used to improve outcomes in primary and secondary schooling.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education

    Date Published: April 2011

  • Provision of School Support Services: An Evaluation

    This report presents the findings from an evaluation of the provision of School Support Services (SSS). This multi-year evaluation of the provision of SSS was initiated to inform decisions and considerations about future professional learning and development provision.

    Author(s): Meenakshi Sankar & Fleur Chauvel, MartinJenkins. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: April 2011

  • Final Report for the Evaluation of the Parent Mentoring Project in Manukau

    This report presents the findings from an outcome evaluation of the Parent Mentoring Project in Manukau initiated in 2007. It is submitted by Auckland UniServices Limited on behalf of the researchers, Dr. Deborah Widdowson and Assoc. Prof. Robyn Dixon, at the Centre for Child and Family Research, the University of Auckland.

    Author(s): Prepared by Dr Deborah Widdowson, Assoc Prof Robyn Dixon [Centre for Child and Family Research-The University of Auckland] for the Ministry of Education

    Date Published: April 2011

  • COI Centre of Innovation Research:

    An exploration of the practices & systems that foster a sense of wellbeing and belonging for young children & their families as they transition from home to a 'formal' home-based care & education

    This report describes the Centre of Innovation (COI) action research project carried out by Hutt Family Day Care (HFDC) in Lower Hutt, Wellington from January 2006 to end of 2007.

    Author(s): Jane Firth, Jane Couch & Liz Everiss, Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2009
    Date Released on Education Counts: December 2010

  • PISA 2009: Our 21st century learners at age 15

    This report provides a high level picture of New Zealand’s 15-year-old performance in reading literacy (main focus), mathematical literacy and scientific literacy. It compares New Zealand’s results with other top- and high-performing countries. In July and August 2009 4,643 New Zealand 15 year-old students from 163 New Zealand schools took part in PISA 2009.

    Author(s): Maree Telford with Steve May [Ministry of Education]

    Date Published: December 2010

  • Education for Sustainability in New Zealand Schools: Summary Report

    This Summary Report summarises an evaluation of three Education for Sustainability (EfS) professional development programmes being funded by the Ministry of Education: the Enviroschools Programme, the National EfS (NEfS) Team and Mātauranga Taiao. It is supported by a more extensive Overview Report (Part One in Related Pages) on the evaluation of these three initiatives and an individual report on each initiative (Parts Two-Four in Related Pages).

    Author(s): Chris Eames, University of Waikato
    Josie Roberts, Garrick Cooper and Rosemary Hipkins, New Zealand Council for Educational Research

    Date Published: October 2010

  • National Standards: School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation Project

    This is the first 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.

    This report presents results from a mid-2010 survey of 82 principals from schools in the project's sample, and an analysis of sample schools’ formats for reporting to parents in 2010 mid-year reports.

    Author(s): Maths Technology Limited. Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: October 2010

  • How does New Zealand's education system compare? OECD's Education at a Glance 2010

    This report "How does New Zealand's education system compare?" draws on the New Zealand results in OECD's Education at a Glance 2010 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 2008.

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

    Date Published: September 2010

  • Involving Children and Young People in Research in Educational Settings

    This report examines theory, practice and ethical considerations when involving children and young people as participants in research and evaluation projects. As will become evident throughout the report, it is not possible to provide definitive answers to many of the questions and issues that arise in this area. We have instead attempted to ‘open up’ some of the ethical, theoretical and methodological issues. It is intended that the report will promote informed, mindful, and respectful practices that also meet national and international standards for methodological rigour.

    Author(s): Edited by Judith Loveridge, Victoria University of Wellington, Jessie Hetherington Centre for Educational Research

    Date Published: September 2010

  • Social and Economic Indicators of Education

    This report uses data from the 2008 New Zealand General Social Survey to explore how a range of 30 social and economic indicators vary with education. It provides evidence supporting known economic benefits, and new evidence on a range of social indicators, including health and safety, voting, volunteering, social cohesion, national identity, tolerance and environmental practices.

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

    Date Published: August 2010

  • 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 (PDF downloads) and in Statistical Table format (MS Excel downloads).

    Author(s): Data Management and Analysis Division, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: Annually

  • Student Engagement in the Middle Years of Schooling (Years 7-10)

    A Literature Review

    Research undertaken in New Zealand and other countries consistently suggests that student engagement in school and learning decreases during the middle years of schooling. The aim of this literature review, which was undertaken by Evaluation Associates and Massey University on behalf of the Ministry of Education, was to explore the relationship between academic engagement and student achievement and what can be done to raise levels of engagement in New Zealand schools.

    Author(s): Robyn Gibbs, Evaluation Associates Ltd and Dr Jenny Poskitt, Massey University. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: June 2010

  • The Education of Years 7 to 10 Students: A focus on their teaching and learning needs: Summary Report

    To help gain greater insights into the teaching and learning needs of students in the middle years of schooling in New Zealand the Ministry of Education designed and undertook an exploratory study in 2008. This brochure provides an outline of the study, The Education of Years 7 to 10 Students: A focus on their teaching and learning needs (Durling, Ng, and Bishop, 2010), together with a summary of key findings.

    Author(s): Nicola Durling, Lisa Ng, and Penny Bishop. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education

    Date Published: June 2010

  • Easing the Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling: Helpful information for schools to consider

    The present report is the last in a series of three. Each report presents findings from a Ministry of Education project A Study of Students’ Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling .

    Author(s): Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: June 2010

  • The Education of Years 7 to 10 Students: A focus on their teaching and learning needs: Full Report

    Previous research shows that New Zealand students are generally positive about their school experiences during the middle schooling years. But at the same time, students’ perceptions of aspects of teaching and learning at school become increasingly negative during these years and there is evidence that their overall levels of engagement in learning show a decline. To help gain greater insights into the needs of students in the middle years of schooling the Ministry of Education designed and undertook an exploratory study to seek the views of principals, teachers and students regarding teaching and learning in Years 7 to 10. This research collected the views of principals, teachers and students in 185 schools throughout New Zealand on the education needs of students in Years 7 to 10 and whether those who teach this age group need specialised knowledge, skills or personal attributes.

    Author(s): Nicola Durling, Lisa Ng, and Penny Bishop. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: June 2010

  • PISA 2006: Scientific Literacy - How ready are our 15-year-olds for tomorrow's world?

    The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an initiative of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), assesses three key areas of knowledge and skills: reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy. It is administered every three years, and each survey assesses one subject in more detail. In 2006 the main focus was scientific literacy.

    Author(s): Maree Telford, Research Division [Ministry of Education]

    Date Published: March 2010

  • Enhancing and Igniting Talent Development Initiatives: Research to determine effectiveness

    This report presents the findings from research involving five Talent Development Initiatives for improving outcomes for gifted and talented students or their teachers. The purpose of the research was to consider how well the objectives of each participating initiative had been achieved, how the initiative contributed to improved outcomes for gifted and talented learners or their teachers, and how planning to continue to meet the learners’ needs after 2008 had been considered.

    Author(s): Tracy Riley and Roger Moltzen, Massey University. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: March 2010

  • Evaluation of Teacher Professional Development Languages (TPDL):

    For teachers of languages in years 7-10 and the impact on language learning opportunities and outcomes for students

    This study was carried out during 2008 and aims to inform the Ministry about the TPDL and the impact on language learning opportunities and outcomes for students.

    Author(s): Sharon Harvey, Clare Conway, Heather Richards & Annelies Roskvist, AUT University

    Date Published: December 2009

  • PISA 2003: Reading skills for tomorrow’s world

    This PISA-03 thematic report assesses the ability of New Zealand 15-year-old students to understand, use and reflect on a written text in order to achieve their own goals, to develop their knowledge and potential and to participate in society.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education

    Date Published: November 2009

    Released on Education Counts: 08 December 2009

  • PISA 2003: Student learning approaches for tomorrow’s world

    This PISA-03 thematic report tells us about the extent to which New Zealand 15-year-old students feel engaged in learning, display self-belief in learning particular subjects, and adopt various learning strategies.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education

    Date Published: November 2009

    Released on Education Counts: 02 December 2009

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