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). Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) publications.

  • Annual Early Childhood Education Census

    This is the home page for the Annual Early Childhood Education Census Reports.

  • Attendance 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.

  • He Whakaaro: Education Insights

    This is a series of short, easy to read papers, which look across the range of New Zealand education system evidence. They provide interesting and useful insights and highlight latest findings, new analysis or ways of looking at issues. They will provoke further thought and discussion on key issues such as; student progression and attainment, the factors that support learning and patterns and trends across education.

    The series will be useful to policy analysts, people working in the programme and intervention area or frontline educators interested in knowing a little more about education evidence and data and how to use that in their work.

    New papers will be available as they are developed. If you have ideas for, or questions about the series, please email: Requests EDK

  • 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.

  • Learning Support Client Satisfaction Survey

    The Ministry of Education carries out satisfaction surveys of parents and educators about our specialist learning support core services.

    Our core services are:
    • early intervention
    • behaviour
    • communication
    • Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)

    This survey helps us identify what we can do better and how we are performing against our service promise and targets.

  • Monitoring Youth Guarantee

    This series of reports focuses on the Youth Guarantee and looks at how effective the fees-free places and secondary-tertiary programmes are improving outcomes for young people.

  • 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.

  • Ngā Kura o Aotearoa | New Zealand Schools

    Ngā Kura o Aotearoa | New Zealand Schools, 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 report provides information on how well the schools sector performed in the previous year.

    The reports open with a broad survey of learner/ākonga achievement outcomes, drawing together and summarising the latest information. They assess the extent to which outcomes have improved and the areas still requiring progress.

    This is followed by consideration of key issues such as: student wellbeing, learner/ākonga achievement and engagement, initiatives for quality teaching, and school/kura resourcing.

  • NMSSA (National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement)

    NMSSA | Wānangatia te Putanga Tauira

    NMSSA is an annual programme to assess and understand student achievement across the curriculum in years 4 and 8 in English-medium schools.

    The study has built on and extended the design of the previous National Education Monitoring Project (NEMP), which was conducted between 1995 and 2010. NMSSA incorporates more advanced psychometrics for reporting student achievement and exploring factors associated with that achievement.

  • 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.

  • PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies)

    New Zealand participated in the OECD's Survey of Adult Skills in 2014. This is part of the OECD's Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

    Internationally, it is the most comprehensive survey of adult skills ever undertaken. Through interviews with a representative sample of respondents aged 16-65 in each participating country, PIAAC assesses literacy and numeracy skills, and ability to solve problems in technology-rich environments. It builds on previous international surveys of adult skills, allowing literacy levels to be compared over a 20 year period for some countries.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)

    The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is a large scale survey focusing on teachers and teaching. The results provide insights from Year 7-10 teachers and their principals on a wide range of educational matters and the environment in which teachers work. TALIS provides an opportunity for teachers and principals to provide input into educational policy analysis and development in key areas.

  • Teaching in New Zealand: findings from international studies

    Grounded in the premise of the importance of teachers, this series synthesises international research data to paint a picture of what different instructional practices look like in New Zealand.

  • Tertiary Education Strategies: Monitoring and Evaluation

    This page contains the reports on the Ministry of Education’s monitoring and evaluation of the Tertiary Education Strategies.


    (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) previously known as the Third International Mathematics and Science Study.