Social Sciences

Social sciences is one of the eight learning areas in the New Zealand Curriculum. 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: 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 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

  • Social Studies: 2014 Overview

    In 2014, 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) – English: reading and social studies. This report is an overview of the results for social studies. It is supported by five additional reports that look at results for priority learner groups, explore contextual data more deeply and provide technical information related to different components of the study.

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

    Date Published: July 2016

  • Social Studies 2014: Contextual Report

    In 2014, 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) – English: reading and social studies. This report examines a range of contextual data collected from students, teachers and principals as part of the 2014 NMSSA study of social studies. The report supplements Social Studies 2014 – Overview and the priority learner group reports in social studies for Māori, Pasifika and students with special education needs .

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

    Date Published: July 2016

  • Māori Student Achievement in Social Studies

    In 2014, 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) – English: reading and social studies. This brief report presents the results for Māori students in social studies.

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

    Date Published: July 2016

  • Pasifika Student Achievement in Social Studies

    In 2014, 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) – English: reading and social studies. This brief report presents the results for Pasifika students in social studies.

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

    Date Published: July 2016

  • Achievement of Students with Special Education Needs in Social Studies

    In 2014, 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) – English: reading and social studies. This brief report presents the results for students with special education needs in social studies.

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

    Date Published: July 2016

  • Technical Information 2014: Social Studies and English: Reading

    In 2014, 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) – English: reading and social studies. This report provides technical information for social studies and English: reading.

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

    Date Published: July 2016

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