The New Zealand Assessment Institute (NZAI) is an advocacy body focused on improving system capability in educational assessment. NZAI provides an authoritative voice that draws on a strong evidence-base of research and best practice. It is a non-profit, flexible, member-led organisation that fosters collaborative sharing amongst educators, leaders, researchers and policy makers who have interests in, and responsibility for, New Zealand assessment policy, research and practice.

NZAI is a culturally responsive, independent, evidence-based voice representing sound practice in assessment. It is improvement oriented and focused on contributing to an assessment capable education system.

Our latest newsletter is packed with assessment news. It covers: a well-deserved award, a new paper on using assessment to revive our education system, an article on the value and portability of NCEA, a report from our recent conference with information on accessing video recordings, information on our next webinar, a report from the latest IEAN meeting, and more.

You can find it here in our Knowledge Centre.


The purpose of NZAI is to support students and classroom teachers by building productive partnerships and quality assessment across the education system. It is a member-led organisation that fosters collaborative sharing amongst educators, leaders, professional development providers, researchers and policy makers interested in and responsible for assessment practice, policy or research.

Members share experiences and ideas, discuss and debate assessment matters, and develop and/or extend expertise related to assessment. Stronger connections between research, policy and practice will enhance system understanding and capability in educational assessment.