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  NZAI Assessment Conference  2024

Save the dates!

We’re looking forward to our 2024 National Assessment Conference. After the success of our dual-medium conference in April last year, kanohi ki te kanohi on the first day and online for the second, we have decided to do it again so that we can share with people from across the country.

Taking Assessment from Strength to Strength – in Principle, Practice and Proof


Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday 16-17th April 2024

Venue16th April: Ormiston Junior College, Ormiston, East Auckland       Venue17th April: Online, at your desk, with a coffee and perhaps a cat on your lap

Confirmed keynote speakers

Hon. Erica Stanford – Minister of EducationLisa Rodgers – Director General at Department of Education, Western AustraliaProfessor Jenny Poskitt – Massey University and NZAI President

Assessment tends to set educators arguing with each other about its merit and worth. Think ‘National Standards’ for example. NZAI is of the view that NZ is unlikely to see gains nationally in student learning outcomes until we can all agree on how assessment should be used at each level of the system to support learning, teaching and system improvement. This conference is focussed exactly on beginning the conversation to achieve that. The Minister will detail her government’s view of how to improve, the Director General of Western Australia will present how they have achieved significant improvements across the state in recent years, and Professor Poskitt will highlight the principles that underpin the use of assessment to improve learning.

And of course the conference will feature the expected programme of well-regarded and interesting presenters, presentations and workshops. You’ll get the chance to hear educators from across the system examining and discussing all things assessment, and how to make it work better for us and our students.


Early bird rates – until 18th March

Full registration for both daysVirtual only registrationStudent registration

Discount of 10% will be given for more than one registration per organisation. Prices do not include GST. 

Register through this linkGet in promptly to get the early bird rates. 

We look forward to seeing you there!



Upcoming NZAI Webinar                  

Making assessment worthwhile for you and your students

Time and date: 3.45pm to 4.30pm, Wed. March 6.

This webinar will fire you up with practical ideas on meaningful assessment that improves learning and teaching. Listen to and contribute to a panel discussion between three experienced educators whose names you’ll recognise: Kaye Brunton, former principal and now education consultant for Evaluation Associates; Viv Mallabar, deputy principal of Ormiston Junior College; and Professor Jenny Poskitt of Massey University.  They will focus on what’s worthwhile in assessment, and how to keep it manageable.

Register here.


  NZAI Assessment Conference  2023  –  Online presentations are on our website.

Our annual National Assessment Conference was in April, a kanohi ki te kanohi conference at Ormiston Junior College in Auckland and the second day online.

The theme of the conference was: How do we know they are learning?

The keynotes and workshops were outstanding. We were privileged to have the participation of a wide range of presenters who offered their experience and wisdom on assessment from a range of different perspectives. We thank all speakers sincerely for their time and generous willingness to support our conference

You can find all online presentations here on our website. Dive in, they’re worth your time!


*** NZAI  National Conference 2021 – Presentations are now on our website ***

Our virtual conference at the beginning of October was a great success, despite our initial nervousness about using an online platform for the first time.

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

We’re extremely grateful to our first class line-up of keynote speakers and workshop presenters who all offered opportunities to broaden and deepen our collective knowledge and understanding of assessment at all tiers of the education system. They have now given us permission to publish their presentations on our website. 

You can find the presentations here.

We encourage you to go back to our publication, Assessment to Improve Learning: Principles, practices and proof, distributed to all schools at the end of Term 1 2021. You’ll be able to make connections with the themes of the conference, and see how the publication can assist you to review the assessment practices in your education setting.