Knowledge Centre

Knowledge Centre

These pages are a repository for resources on assessment relevant to New Zealand education. Opinions and discussion on the articles and resources are always welcome. Please contact us at

Assessment to Improve Learning: Principles, Practice and Proof and its Companion Guide

The Assessment PPP and its associated Companion Guide were published at the beginning of 2021. We are delighted to provide online access to supplement the hard copies distributed to all schools.

Go to online links to the publications here.

Conference Presentation Storehouse

NZAI has been holding Assessment Conferences regularly since 2019. In the storehouse are presentations from these conferences freely available so that we can share the knowledge and experience of our presenters. Since 2021 the presentations are in video form.

Go to the Storehouse to find the presentations presented by year.

Assessment Webinar Library

NZAI presents occasional webinars on assessment topics of interest to our members. In the library you can find copies of all our past webinars and power points used where possible.

Link here to the webinar page.

Articles on Assessment

On these pages we aim to present relevant and important writings on assessment. These include:

  • Reviving the Flames of Excellence
  • Improve education provision in Aotearoa: By building assessment and learning capability
  • The value and portability of NCEA

Find the selection of articles here.

Writings on Education during the COVID years

During the difficult years of the COVID pandemic, we published several articles on the topic. Two are written by NZAI President Professor Jenny Poskitt and others by school leaders who tell the stories of doing the best for their students under extreme circumstances.

Find the articles here.

Notes from the International Educational Assessment Network 

The International Educational Assessment Network (IEAN) was established at the end of May, 2018 as an opportunity for small nation states to share information.

Our president, Dr Jenny Poskitt, is the New Zealand research representative at the IEAN meetings. Her  notes give us insights into common issues faced by member countries.

Here are the notes from the latest meeting, June 2023.

Notes from the 2018 meeting.

Notes from the 2020 online meeting.

NZAI Newsletters

NZAI Newsletter Winter 2023

NZAI Newsletter Autumn 2021

Winter 2020 edition of the NZAI newsletter

Summer 2020 edition of the NZAI newsletter .

Spring 2019 edition of the NZAI newsletter.

Winter 2019 edition of the NZAI newsletter.

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Assessment for Learning guide

This guide from the Ministry of Education, for school and curriculum leaders, covers informal assessment for learning in the classroom, assessment tools and advice on choosing assessment tools for the right purposes.
It will support schools to review their assessment policies and procedures and can be used for ongoing review. Please note that some of the links may no longer be valid as website locations have changed.

Download it here.

Thoughts on Curriculum and Assessment from a New Zealand teacher in London

Sue Leslie, a teacher and assessment facilitator of long standing in the New Zealand education community, has been living and teaching in London for the last couple of years. She has some thoughts on the differences between the New Zealand and English curriculum and assessment systems, and some suggestions. Click here for Sue’s article.