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 National Assessment Conference is coming up in April!

After having to postpone in 2022, we are excited to bring to you new presentations by educators at all levels of the education system and national curriculum and assessment developments.

The conference is on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 April.  The first day is kanohi ki te kanohi at Ormiston Junior College in Auckland and the second day will be held virtually.

Click here for more information and to register.


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.