The Assessment Resource Banks (ARBs) in English, mathematics, and science have been designed to reflect current New Zealand curriculum statements and provide schools with an ever-increasing range of valid and reliable assessment material. They are available on the Internet and are now established as the main source of school-based assessment material for New Zealand schools.
The paper outlines the range of English resources now in the ARBs and discusses their school-based uses. The particular advantages of the ARBs for school-based assessment and future areas of development within the English banks are also considered.
Paper presented at the 27th annual conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA), Rio de Janeiro, 6-11 May 2001.
his report is the second evaluation of the Books in Homes scheme, which encourages reading by giving books to school children. The scheme is an initiative to improve the literacy skills, reading habits, and general familiarity with print, of children in decile 1-3 schools.
Monitoring Progress in Spelling Using Developmental Information provides a useful tool for professionals who monitor children's progress in written spelling. Parents who wish to understand how children's written spelling develops will also find it a helpful overview.