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NZCER began regular surveys of primary schools in 1989, focusing on the impact of the educational reforms that began then. Over the years the surveys have given us a picture of what is happening in schools and enabled us to see changes over time.

In 2003 we added secondary schools and a one-time survey of early childhood education services to the series. All the reports that have been released so far from the survey series are listed at the bottom of the page. Primary and secondary sectors will continue to be surveyed about every three years.

NZCER National Surveys are funded by the Purchase Agreement with the Ministry of Education

Survey News

The 2013 National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools has been completed. A report of the full survey results is now available. It covers many aspects of school experience, including school resources, school interactions with government agencies, the New Zealand Curriculum in schools, National Standards, student wellbeing, and use of technology.

In 2015 we will be conducting another National Survey of Secondary Schools.

National Survey project publications:

Year published Title Publication type
2015 Learning to learn in secondary classrooms Research report
2014 Primary and intermediate schools in 2013 Research report
2013 National Standards: What difference are they making? Conference paper
2013 NCEA one decade on Research report
2013 Sampling Methods for the NZCER Primary National Survey Conference paper
2013 Secondary schools in 2012 Research report
2012 The primary school curriculum: Assimilation, adaptation, transformation Research report
2011 Exploring connections between engagement and student voice Conference presentation
2011 Opportunities for Teacher Collaborative Practices in a Self-Managed School System: the New Zealand Experience Research report
2010 NZCER 2010 Primary & Intermediate Schools National Survey Research report
2010 Principal vacancies and appointments 2008-9 Research report
2010 Reshaping the secondary school curriculum: Building the plane while flying it? Research report
2010 The Evolving NCEA Research report
2009 School resources, culture and connections: NZCER National Survey Thematic Report Research report
2008 Assessment practices and aspects of curriculum in early childhood education Professional learning resource
2008 Curriculum changes, priorities and issues: findings from the NZCER secondary 2006 and primary 2007 national surveys Research report
2008 Early childhood education services in 2007: key findings from the NZCER survey Research report
2007 Can we improve our school governance? Journal article
2007 First NZCER national survey of early childhood education services: 2003-2004 Research report
2007 Provision of early childhood education services and parental perceptions Research report
2007 Report back on the first NZCER national survey of early childhood education services: 2003–2004 Journal article
2007 School governance in New Zealand - How is it working? Research report
2007 Snapshot of New Zealand primary schools in 2007 - some key findings from the NZCER national survey Research report
2007 Taking the pulse of NCEA: Findings from the NZCER National Survey of Secondary Schools 2006 Research report
2004 National survey of secondary schools 2003 Research report