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Author(s): Jan Eyre, Melanie Berg, Jess Mazengarb, and Elliot Lawes
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This report details the results of an investigation into the school-based assessment, PAT: Reading Comprehension, which has recently gone online. We wanted to know whether the test items behaved in similar ways in the online and paper-based modes, and whether there was any difference in student scores.

There were two main findings:

26 January 2017
Author(s): Melanie Berg
Publication type: Research report

This report describes sampling and analysis details for the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016, as well as respondent characteristics and characteristics of the schools with which respondents are associated. It supports the individual thematic reports that use the 2016 National Survey data.

19 January 2017
Author(s): Sue McDowall
Publication type: Research report

The  Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) is a government fund intended to help groups of teachers develop innovative practice. The Ministry of Education had shared four themes that had already emerged from TLIF Monitor meetings as being important in teacher-led inquiry. The themes related to the way that TLIF teams:

16 January 2017
Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Rachel Felgate
Publication type: Research report

This is an evaluation of the Check and Connect programme, which was part of the Ministry of Education's Positive Behaviour for Learning strategy.

Check and Connect orginated in the United States, where it had good evidence of success. This report provides the findings from an evaluation of the trial of the programme in New Zealand, focusing on the changes made by students with at least one year's experience on Check and Connect, at the main three trial sites, by the end of 2015. It shows that most participating students and their mentors noted positive gains from the programme.

20 December 2016
Author(s): Jo MacDonald, Roseanna Bourke, Melanie Berg and Jacky Burgon
Publication type: Research report

This is an evaluation of the MY FRIENDS Youth programme in New Zealand trial schools. The evaluation focused on whether the programme was implemented as intended, the progress made towards short-term outcomes, and whether the programme was a fit with the New Zealand educational and cultural context. It is available here or below.

20 December 2016
Author(s): Elliot Lawes
Publication type: Research report

This is a series of three reports that draw on data from NZCER's PATs to explore student achievement and progress in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Two of the reports use PAT: Mathematics data. One explores the consistency of teacher judgements against National Standards, the other simulates patterns of student progress in National Stanards.

15 December 2016
Author(s): Linda Bonne
Publication type: Research report

This report looks at how National Standards are viewed and used in primary and intermediate schools in 2016, almost seven years since they were introduced.

It draws on data from the NZCER National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools, which was conducted in late August and early September 2016.

The survey asked principals and teachers how National Standards data was being used and their views on its impact and value. Some trustees and parents and whānau were also surveyed.

13 December 2016
Author(s): Roseanna Bourke (Massey University) and Jo MacDonald
Publication type: Journal article

1 December 2016
Author(s): Cathy Wylie
Publication type: Research report

This is the first thematic report from the NZCER National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools 2016 and explores the involvement of schools in the new Communities of Learning (CoL).

The survey was conducted from August to early September 2016 and included a representative sample of English-medium state and state-integrated primary and intermediate schools. The survey gathers the views of principals, teachers, Boards of Trustee members and parents. Around two thirds of the schools surveyed were involved in a CoL.

30 November 2016
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad and Jo MacDonald
Publication type: Research report

A recent project funded by the NEXT Foundation was undertaken on behalf of The Mind Lab by Unitec by the NZCER. This project looked at the impact of the Digital and Collaborative Learning programme on teachers’ reflective practice in the classroom.

The report can be accessed for free here.

1 November 2016

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