All NMSSA Publications

There are 8 learning areas specified in the New Zealand Curriculum: The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Science, English, Mathematics and Statistics, Social Sciences, Technology, and Learning Languages. The NMSSA assesses all learning areas over a five year cycle.

  • NMSSA 2018 Insights for Teachers: Social Studies

    This report is designed to support social studies learning and teaching in New Zealand classrooms. It draws on insights generated from the assessment of social studies, within the social sciences learning area, carried out by the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) in 2018.

    The report is in four parts. Part One introduces NMSSA and the NMSSA social studies assessment. Part Two presents four insights into learning in social studies. Part Three presents a task exploring place, location and collaboration, and its findings. Part Four considers what we can learn from the NMSSA results about literacy and numeracy for social studies purposes.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago and New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: February 2020

  • NMSSA 2018 Insights for Teachers: Maths and Statistics

    This report is designed to support the teaching of mathematics and statistics in primary and intermediate classrooms. It draws on insights generated from the assessment of the mathematics and statistics learning area carried out by the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) in 2018.

    The report is in two main parts. Part One introduces NMSSA and the NMSSA assessment of mathematics and statistics. Part Two presents practical inisghts related to three focus areas: spatial reasoning, fractions and percentages, and collaborative problem solving.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago and New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: February 2020

  • NMSSA 2018: Technical Information

    In 2018 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) study focused on the learning areas of mathematics and statistics and social studies. This report provides technical information for mathematics and statistics and social studies.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago and New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2019

  • NMSSA 2018: Mathematics and Statistics

    This report is designed to provide a succinct overview of key findings from the 2018 mathematics study. It is supplemented by a report focused on curriculum insights for teachers, a technical report and an online interactive statistical application. All reports and the interactive application can be found on the NMSSA (National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement) website.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago and New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2019

  • NMSSA 2018: Social Studies - Key Findings

    This report is designed to provide a succinct overview of key findings from the 2018 social studies study, compare changes in student achievement since 2014, and report on contextual factors. The report is supplemented by a report focused on curriculum insights, a technical information report and an online interactive statistical application. All reports and the interactive application can be found on the NMSSA (National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement) website.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago and New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2019

  • NMSSA 2017 Insights for Teachers: Science

    This report is designed to support science teaching in primary classrooms. It draws on insights generated from the assessment of the science learning area carried out by the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) in 2017.

    The report is in four parts. Part one introduces NMSSA and the NMSSA science assessment. Part two presents four practical insights into learning in science. Part three considers what we can learn from the NMSSA results about the literacy and numeracy skills students need to engage with their science learning. Part four discusses the relationship between students’ knowledge of science and the science capabilities they are developing.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: May 2019

  • NMSSA 2017 Insights for Teachers: Health and Physical Education

    This report is designed to support health and physical education (HPE) teaching in primary classrooms. It describes student responses to a selection of tasks from assessment of the HPE learning area carried out by the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) in 2017.

    The document has four parts. Part one introduces NMSSA and the NMSSA HPE assessment. Part two looks at a selection of tasks and student responses focused on critical thinking about health-related issues. Part three focusses on student skills in movement related to two physical activity tasks. Part four discusses students understandings of well-being and examines an aspect of numeracy, and an aspect of literacy as demonstrated in two tasks.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: May 2019

  • NMSSA 2017: Health & Physical Education - Key Findings

    In 2017 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) study focused on the learning area of health and physical education. NMSSA assessed the subjects of health education and physical education. For the purposes of this report, the learning area is referred to as health and PE.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago and New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2018

  • NMSSA 2017: Science - Key Findings

    The National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) is designed to assess student achievement across the New Zealand Curriculum at Year 4 and Year 8 in English-medium state and state-integrated schools. The study is organised in five-year cycles. The first cycle ran from 2012 to 2016.

    In 2017, NMSSA assessed science achievement using a nationally representative sample of about 2,100 students at each year level. Results were reported on a measurement scale called the Science Capabilities (SC) scale. Questionnaires were also used to gather contextual information from students, teachers and principals.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago and New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2018

  • NMSSA 2017: Technical Information

    In 2017 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) study focused on the learning areas of science and health and physical education. This report provides technical information for science and health and physical education.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit, University of Otago and New Zealand Council for Educational Research for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2018

  • NMSSA 2016: Technology - Key Findings

    In 2016, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at Year 4 and Year 8 in two learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) - technology and learning languages. This report provides findings on an additional area of research in 2016 – the use of digital technologies for teaching and learning.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: May 2018

  • NMSSA 2016: Learning Languages - Key Findings

    In 2016, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at Year 4 and Year 8 in two areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) - learning languages and technology. This report presents the key findings for learning languages. It is supported by a report of technical information related to different components of the study.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council of Educational Research. Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: May 2018

  • NMSSA 2016: Using Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning - Key Findings

    In 2016, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at Year 4 and Year 8 in two learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) - technology and learning languages. This report provides findings on an additional area of research in 2016 - the use of digital technologies for teaching and learning.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: May 2018

  • NMSSA 2016: Technical Information

    In 2016, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at Year 4 and Year 8 in two areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC): Learning Languages and Technology. This report provides technical information for Learning Languages and Technology.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Report for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: May 2018

  • NMSSA 2015: The Arts - Key Findings

    In 2015, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at Year 4 and Year 8 in three areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) – the arts, English: listening and English: viewing. This report presents the key findings for the arts as a learning area.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research

    Date Published: March 2017

  • NMSSA 2015: Music - Key Findings

    In 2015, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at Year 4 and Year 8 in three areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) – the arts, English: listening and English: viewing. This report presents the key findings for music as one of the four disciplines described in the arts learning area.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research

    Date Published: March 2017

  • NMSSA 2015: Dance - Key Findings

    In 2015, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at Year 4 and Year 8 in three areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) – the arts, English: listening and English: viewing. This report presents the key findings for dance as one of the four disciplines described in the arts learning area.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research

    Date Published: March 2017

  • NMSSA 2015: Drama - Key Findings

    In 2015, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at Year 4 and Year 8 in three areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) – the arts, English: listening and English: viewing. This report presents the key findings for drama as one of the four disciplines described in the arts learning area.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research

    Date Published: March 2017

  • NMSSA 2015: Visual Arts - Key Findings

    In 2015, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at Year 4 and Year 8 in three areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) – the arts, English: listening and English: viewing. This report presents the key findings for visual arts as one of the four disciplines described in the arts learning area.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research

    Date Published: March 2017

  • NMSSA 2015 English: Listening - Key Findings

    In 2015, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at Year 4 and Year 8 in three areas of the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) – English: listening, English: viewing and the arts. This report provides key findings from the English: listening study.

    Author(s): Educational Assessment Research Unit and New Zealand Council for Educational Research

    Date Published: March 2017

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