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*** NZAI  National Conference 2021 is going virtual***

In the current environment and with restrictions in place, we’ve made the decision to move our National Assessment Conference to be fully virtual, held on the mornings of 4 October and 5 October. While we’re disappointed that we won’t be able to meet with you all kanohi ki te kanohi, we’re very pleased that we’re able to offer you access to our exciting range of speakers in the virtual space. Although the medium is changed, the quality of the presentations and workshops is unchanged.   

  • Three keynotes and more than 25 workshops and presentations will include a balance across primary and secondary school practitioners, along with system thinkers from the Ministry of Education and education agencies, NZCER, universities, and PLD providers. Something for everyone!
  • Many presentations will be interactive, so you’ll still be able to ask questions and have an opportunity to chat.
  • The Conference Committee is finalising some refinements to the programme to enhance the fully virtual experience.
  • All virtual presentations will be available to view online after the conference, Registration will allow you to access every presentation, either in real time during the two mornings of the conference or afterwards, in your own time.
  • The virtual medium allows delegates from across the country to attend the conference, without the costs of travel.

Click this link for programme details.

The theme for our national conference is:

Assessment to Improve Learning: Principles, Practices and Proof across the System

The focus of the conference is on the ability of assessment to lead improvement at all levels of the system. While we accept (although find it more difficult to enact) that the core role of assessment is to enable and improve ākonga learning, to fully play its role it needs to do much more than this.

The information that assessment provides should also enable teachers, school leaders, Ministry and ERO folk and all others who are there to support school-based educators to lift their own game and that of the system. We are attracted to the concept of a ‘system that learns’  in which all of us, collaboratively, each year, learn how to play our part better.

This conference promotes a system that learns by showcasing how teachers, leaders, central agency folk, researchers and PLD facilitators use assessment information for the benefit of all. We believe that all attendees will come away with:

  • practical ideas on how they, whatever their role in the system, can harness the power of assessment to make improvements
  • a clearer overview of how each of us can use the information from assessment to collaboratively support each other to create a better system, a system that does, demonstrably, learn and improve.

Our publication, Assessment to Improve Learning: Principles, practices and proof, distributed to all schools at the end of Term 1 this year, incorporated assessment principles and practices across the system. Our national conference will do so too, through keynote and workshop presentations by teachers, school leaders, central agencies, universities and support providers.

The presentations are intended to make visible for you all the current thinking about what is worth assessing and, if it is well done, how we can all learn from the information that it gives, whether we are students, teachers, leaders, Ministry and other agency personnel, PLD facilitators or parents.

Keynote speakers are:

  • Kaye Brunton, immediate past-principal of Ngāti Toa school and Sue Chalmers of NZQA, both members of NZAI Executive, will give primary and secondary perspectives on the critical role of implementing sound assessment practices. They will focus on the positive influence of assessment on student achievement,
  • Pauline Cleaver from the Ministry of Education, Associate Deputy Secretary – Curriculum, Pathways & Progress, will discuss the role of the Ministry of Education in creating a system that learns.
  • Nicholas Pole – Chief Executive/Chief Review Officer for ERO – will explain the role of assessment in their drive to make improvements across the system.

Registrations are now open. Register through this link.

Investment: In recognition of the pressure on teachers and schools in these challenging times, we’ve decided to extend the early bird date to September 20.

  • Early bird rate to September 20 – $210 plus GST per attendee. 
  • Standard rate – $240 plus GST
  • Student registration rate – $180 plus GST for full-time tertiary students.

Join us at the conference to hear about the latest assessment thinking and practices in Aotearoa/New Zealand – from national developments through to school level innovations. We look forward to seeing you online. 

New assessment publication from NZAI

During 2020, NZAI executive members worked on a publication for schools and education agencies to clarify assessment principles and practices. The result is a booklet called Assessment to Improve Learning: Principles, Practices and Proof and an associated Companion Guide.

To coincide with the launch of the publications at the end of March 2021, paper copies were sent to the principals of all schools across the country and to many education agencies. If you have not received your copy, please contact us.

We are pleased to provide online access to our new publications. 

Go to online links to the publications here.

A bank of links and resources to support the Assessment PPP and the Companion Guide will be available soon. 

Return of the webinars in 2021!

Our last webinar was on Thursday 29 July

Reviewing your assessment practices 

Dr Jenny Poskitt, NZAI President and Adrienne Carlisle, NZAI Executive Member, talked about ways in which schools might review their assessment policies and practices using the Assessment PPP and its Companion Guide.

Webinar attendees had a chance to talk with others about aspects of the topic during brief breakout sessions.

You can find it here on our website

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Assessment Webinars in 2020

NZAI ran monthly webinars on assessment topics of interest to our members during 2020. 

Click here to find copies of 2020 webinars, power points used during the webinars and associated resources.

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Regional NZAI meetings

We held a number of regional NZAI meetings in schools around the country in 2019, but the strange events of 2020 meant that we were unable to organise face-to-face meetings, both national and regional. We do intend to reinstate these meetings in 2021. New information will be available on this web page and will be emailed to NZAI members.

Through regional meetings we offer a chance to meet with colleagues, find out about and discuss current assessment initiatives and ways in which our practices might be sharpened, and help develop a local network of educators interested in effective assessment.

The last meeting was in Auckland in December 2019 at Pt Chevalier School.

Michael Absolum talked about the new directions in education which have arisen from the recommendations by the Ministerial Advisory Group on Curriculum, Progress and Achievement, what’s new in assessment tools, new PLD priorities for 2020 and the implications for schools. 

The presentation notes, along with many others from previous national and regional seminars, can be found here in the Knowledge Centre.

If you would like to join or start a local branch, or consider a regional meeting for the future in your local area, feel free to email us at info@nzai.org.nz. We can put you in touch with a local branch if one exists or advise you about getting in touch with a local member of the executive with a view to setting up a local branch. Current local branches include Auckland, Tauranga, New Plymouth and the Wellington area.

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