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Assessment Webinars for 2020

NZAI will be running monthly webinars on assessment topics of interest to our members during 2020. Each webinar will last half an hour, and will include opportunities for input and discussion.

Our next webinar is on Thursday June 11 from 4pm to 4.30pm. It will be led by Garry Taylor, NZAI Executive member and National Manager – Assessment and Evaluation for Evaluation Associates. The webinar title is:

Linking assessment planning to your local curriculum

The webinar will share an approach to the development of school-wide assessment planning. It shares an example from one school where a fresh start was necessary. During the process the school was able to incorporate:

  • an audit process that identified what was used, what was used well and what was valued
  • values and beliefs about assessment
  • rationale for assessment choices and timing
  • a schedule that incorporated local factors, such as school events
  • the necessity for regular review.

This school’s experience may help you consider a process for your school as you plan for assessment within your local school curriculum.

Click here to register for the webinar.       Thursday, June 11, 4.00pm to 4.30pm 

The webinar will be recorded and a copy will be posted on this web page shortly after the live event.

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Our first webinar was on May 7, led by Dr Jenny Poskitt, NZAI President and Associate Head of the Institute of Education at Massey University in Palmerston North. The title was: Essential assessment during COVID-19: Learning from Terry Crooks

This is the power point that Jenny used, and a replay of the webinar itself below:

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NZAI Survey 

A big thank you to those members who completed our survey. From your replies we have a good idea of how we might best provide support for you in the current circumstances, where our approach needs to be entirely online. 

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NZAI Newsletters

The Summer 2020 edition of the NZAI newsletter is now available.

This is the Spring 2019 edition of the NZAI newsletter.

This is the Winter edition of the NZAI newsletter.

You can join the NZAI mailing list and have our newsletters and other NZAI news sent straight to your inbox by emailing [email protected]

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Postponement of NZAI National Seminar April 2020 

Balancing Learning and Assessment – two sides of the same coin

It will come as no surprise to you, in these troubling times, that we have decided to postpone our Assessment Seminar, until either Thursday October 8th or until next year. A decision about this will be made by the NZAI executive in July this year, when it is to be hoped that the Covid-19 situation has at the least become clearer, if not started to settle down.

Postponing the Seminar was a difficult decision and one that has been made after careful thought and deliberation. Our primary concern is to protect the health and well-being of attendees.  

All those who have registered for the Seminar will automatically receive a full refund of any registration fees paid.
 
We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you at the Seminar once we have rescheduled. Any new information will immediately go up on this website. 

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Regional NZAI meetings

We have held a number of regional NZAI meetings in schools around the country this year. Through these 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 on December 3rd 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.

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