Health and Physical Education

Health and physical education is one of the eight learning areas in the New Zealand Curriculum. The NMSSA assesses all learning areas over a five year cycle.

  • 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: 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

  • Health and Physical Education 2013

    In 2013 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement in two learning areas of the NZC – health and physical education, and mathematics and statistics. This report focuses on health and physical education. Physical Education is referred to as ‘PE’ in tables and graphs, and the titles of tables and graphs.

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

    Date Published: May 2015

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