Students can now sit NZCER tests online through NZCER Marking. All PATs (Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary, Punctuation and Grammar, and Listening Comprehension), STAR, and Science: Thinking with Evidence tests can be taken through an attractive, easy-to-use online platform. Teachers can login to NZCER Marking to demo all of these online assessments.
The Margaret M Blackwell Travel Fellowship is open for applications.
It is a grant to enable early childhood education practitioners to travel to study a particular topic. More information about the grant is available here.
Applications are open until 20 December 2014 and the travel must be taken in 2015.
NZCER director Robyn Baker stepped down in early October after 14 years in the role. Board chair Peter Coolbear said Robyn has encouraged staff to be innovative and creative.
"She has been incredibly collegial and yet, when necessary has led from the front. She has a great eye for the opportunity and also a good instinct for what to leave alone. She has had some of the most amazing 360 degree feed-back I have ever seen.
"There is no doubt Robyn leaving NZCER is a huge loss, but there is also no doubt at all that Robyn leaves NZCER in a very strong position for an exciting future," he said. The NZCER Board has appointed the three NZCER general managers to the role of joint acting director until an appointment is made.
The Beeby fellowship is a joint initiative between NZCER and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. It’s aimed at people already actively involved in an innovative educational programme and is intended to enable them to document, analyse, and write a resource about their work. The end result should enhance teaching and learning.
Applications for 2014 are now open. You can read more about the fellowship and previous winners here.