NZCER began regular surveys of primary schools in 1989, focusing on the impact of the educational reforms that began then. In 2003, we added secondary schools. We survey each schooling level every 3 years.
Our national surveys have become significant gauges of changes in our schools, and in the lives of teachers and principals. They are important sources of information for representative groups, the Ministry of Education, other government agencies, and the public. They are funded by the Government Grant from the Ministry of Education.
Find out more about the national surveys in the reports and articles listed at the bottom of the page.
In August 2015, we are surveying all state and state integrated secondary schools. Some key themes in this year’s survey are:
- Learning with digital technology
- Teacher and principal workload and morale
- Students’ wellbeing
- Working as communities of professionals in schools and across schools
Questionnaires go to:
- the principal
- the Board chairperson and one other trustee
- a random sample of teachers
- (in a small number of schools) a random number of parents, whānau and caregivers
Teachers in most schools will receive a paper questionnaire. Alongside this, we are trialling an online version of the same questionnaire with teachers at around 30 schools.