The Assessment Resource Banks (ARBs) are developed by NZCER under contract to the Ministry of Education. They consist of over 2700 curriculum-based assessment resources in English, Mathematics, and Science at Levels 1-5 of the New Zealand Curriculum. New resources are added twice a year in December and June. Lists of these are sent out in the ARB newsletter.
They can be used to provide evidence for overall teacher judgement (and accordingly support teachers to make decisions about the National Standards) and consist of: tasks for students to complete; a teacher information page (using this resource); marking students responses and working with students; and in some cases have examples of students' work.
Some resources can also be completed online and pdf results emailed or downloaded. There are also a number of articles and conceptual maps that support classroom teaching and learning and formative assessment.
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New features of the Assessment Resource Banks
Online interactive assessment resources
Of the 2700 assessment resources about 900 are online-interactive. This means that students can drag and drop, highlight, select from given options, or simply click and type to provide their answer. Some of the online interactive resources also have auto-marking which means that the entire resource is marked by the ARB website.
Sharing assessment resources
Students can share their work by downloading or emailing their results once they have completed a resource. In 2017 this will be enhanced to enable direct access to student results from the teacher account.
Saving and liking resources
You can now save collections of your favourite resources for future reference. You can also like resources by clicking the next to the title of the resource.
The new ARBs are now accessed via individual teacher accounts. This means that your collections are personalised for you.
For more information and contact
For information on publications please visit Assessment Resource Banks: From national testing to a school-based resource, or for further information about ARBs please email firstname.lastname@example.org.