He Whakaaro: Education Insights

Publication Details

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.

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Author(s): Various

Date Published: Various

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  • What can the NMSSA tell us about student progress and achievement?

    This He Whakaaro highlights findings across the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) from the first cycle of the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA).

    By looking at the difference in achievement between students at Year 4 and those at Year 8, we can estimate the amount of progress that occurs between those year levels. The findings are useful for distinguishing how achievement and progress towards meeting curriculum expectations differ across the curriculum learning areas.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education

    Date Published: December 2018

  • A summary of the Teacher Demand and Supply Planning Tool

    This He Whakaaro introduces the Ministry’s new Teacher Demand and Supply Planning Tool and its initial results. The tool is designed to estimate the number of teachers required by schools in the future, and compare this with an estimate of how many teachers are expected to be employed by schools in future under current policy settings. It informs us how well the need for teachers in the future will be met, in terms of having either too few or too many teachers, if there are no changes to our current policies and school hiring practices.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education

    Date Published: October 2018

  • Understanding student progress and achievement

    This paper describes why it is important for educators to understand and respond to both progress and achievement to enable children to maximise their potential. It summarises results from a new research dataset compiled by the Ministry of Education to illustrate the different insights that can be gained when looking at achievement relative to progress.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education

    Date Published: May 2018