National Standards: School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation Project

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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.

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

Date Published: Yearly

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    Author(s): Jenny Ward and Gill Thomas NZ Maths Technology Ltd. Report prepared for the Ministry of Education.

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    Data includes OTJs of students’ achievement in relation to the National Standards, copies of students’ end-of-year reports, schools’ charters and annual reports, and survey data from principals, teachers, and Board of Trustees Chairpersons.

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

    Date Published: September 2013

  • 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

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    This report covers implementation in sample schools during 2010 and describes the extent to which National Standards were operating as intended. It summarises key findings for the two major areas of focus for the study in 2010 – Overall Teacher Judgments (OTJs), and reporting to parents, families, and whānau. The report also summarises perspectives of principals and boards of trustees. Data includes OTJs of students’ achievement in relation to the National Standards, copies of students’ end-of-year reports, and survey data from principals, teachers, and Board of Trustees chairpersons.

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

    Date Published: August 2011

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

    Date Published: October 2010

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