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
The 2013 National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools has been completed. A conference paper on the National Standards questions was presented at the NZ Association for Research in Education (NZARE) conference in Dunedin in 2013. 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.