Knowledge Centre

Knowledge Centre

These pages are a repository for news and resources on assessment relevant to New Zealand education.

Resources from 2019 seminars and meetings

In April 2019 NZAI held three national assessment seminars in Hamilton, Palmerston North and Christchurch. The overall theme for the seminars was: Assessing what matters and learning from it. Once again, speakers and contributors provided thought provoking presentations of current issues and new thinking about assessment.

In addition, regional meetings are taking place across the country. These local meetings give opportunities for colleagues to network and discuss current and local assessment issues, and to hear from local schools how they go about assessment in their particular settings.

Click here to find some resources from these events.

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Review of Achievement Standards – nomination for subject expert groups

In October, the Ministry of Education sought nominations for subject expert groups (SEGs) – diverse groups of experts in subjects derived from The New Zealand Curriculum – who will work with the Ministry on each subject as part of the Review of Achievement Standards.

They received well over 1,000 expressions of interest and were impressed with the incredibly high calibre of applicants – but also received a range of late applicants, which has suggested to them that they haven’t yet heard from everyone who might be interested in being on these SEGs.

They also want to make sure that they have the right diversity of members on the SEGs – including ethnic and cultural diversity (particularly representation for Māori and Pacific peoples), intellectual diversity, and a range of backgrounds across teaching, academia, and industry practice.

For that reason, they are re-opening applications for the SEGs. Applications are now open from 29 November to 31 January 2020.

Here is the link to apply.

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Assessment for learning Guide

This guide, 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.

Download it here.

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International Educational Assessment Network 

The International Educational Assessment Network (IEAN) was established at the end of May, 2018.  The small nations/states include:  Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, Slovenia, New Zealand, Ontario (Canada), Norway, and Singapore.

Our president, Dr Jenny Poskitt, was the New Zealand research representative at the recent IEAN meeting. Her  notes give us insights into common issues faced by member countries. Click here for Jenny’s notes.

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.