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Curriculum and assessment

NZCER's Curriculum and assessment work

Recent Curriculum and assessment research publications

Author(s): Esther Smaill, Sally Boyd, Georgia Palmer, Renee Tuifagalele, Melissa Denzler, and Lorraine Spiller
Research report - 2024
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins, Sara Tolbert, Bronwen Cowie, Pauline Waiti
Research report - 2022
Author(s): Melanie Berg and Elliot Lawes
Research report - 2018
Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Jo MacDonald

Curriculum, assessment and reporting to parents and whānau - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools

Research report - 2020
Author(s): Sue McDowall and Rosemary Hipkins

This report presents the findings from a research project on curriculum integration in New Zealand schools, carried out by NZCER in 2018–19. 

Research report - 2019
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins
Journal article - 2016
Author(s): Melanie Berg

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.

Research report - 2017
Author(s): Sue McDowall and Jenny Whatman

This report presents findings from a case study at Pakuranga Intermediate on their collaboration with a group of performing and visual artists in 2012-2014. It's part of a wider NZCER investigation into successful and sustained collaborations between schools, communities and professional experts.

Research report - 2016
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Chris Joyce and Rosemary Hipkins

This  2015 report updates the findings from a large multi-method study of environmental education in New Zealand schools, done in 2002-2004. The update report will be of interest to schools and environmental education providers and stakeholders who support schools.



Research report - 2015
Author(s): Alex Neill, Melanie Berg and Liesje Stevens

What are New Zealand secondary students' experiences with money and financial products, and how do they behave towards money? This research report also looks at what schools offer in terms of financial literacy programmes  and any barriers to the implementation of financial literacy teaching.  The research was commissioned by the Commission for Financial Capability (previously the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income).

Research report - 2014
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins

This report explores teachers' practice and thinking about one of the eight principles in the New Zealand Curriculum, learning to learn. It draws on data from teachers' responses to NZCER's 2012 National Survey of Secondary Schools.

Research report - 2015
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Sue McDowall

This new free "rapid prototype" resource will be of particular use in school staff professional development workshops, and can also be used or adapted for use with students, parents, school Boards of Trustees, and anyone with an interest in what and how young people learn, and how education could be organised in the future. It invites groups to explore their current thinking and to imagine alternatives that provoke new questions about knowledge, and the roles, relationships, and structures that are needed to support future-oriented learning. 

Professional learning resource - 2014
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad & Ally Bull with Sally Carson, Jane Gilbert, Bill MacIntyre, and Lorraine Spiller
Research report - 2013
NCEA one decade on
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins

This report documents views and experiences of NCEA from NZCER's 2012 National Survey of Secondary Schools. It shows support for NCEA has remained high among principals and consolidated among teachers, school trustees and parents. It’s the first time parental support has risen above 50 percent in the survey series and it was higher among parents with a child in the senior school.

Schools have generally welcomed the recent changes to NCEA such as endorsement of whole courses with merit or excellence and the increased support provided by best practice workshops for teachers. However the report shows the high teacher workload associated with NCEA remains unresolved. It also explores views on whether NCEA is driving the curriculum and includes responses to the Government’s recently announced policy target that by 2017, 85 percent of students should gain an NCEA Level 2 qualification or its equivalent.

Research report - 2013
Secondary schools in 2012
Author(s): Cathy Wylie

Secondary schools in 2012 is the latest from NZCER's national survey series.

The survey draws on responses from 177 secondary school principals and from hundreds of teachers, parents and members of boards of trustees. The survey was carried out in July and August 2012. It is part of a national survey series conducted by NZCER since 1989 to track issues and trends across the education system.

There are many positives in the findings but they also highlight persistent concerns about funding levels, workload, support and access to reliable technology.


Research report - 2013
The primary school curriculum: Assimilation, adaptation, transformation
Author(s): Jacky Burgon, Rosemary Hipkins and Edith Hodgen

The latest report from the NZCER national survey series looks at how the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) is being implemented in the country's primary and intermediate schools. The primary school curriculum: Assimilation, adaptation, transformation draws on data from our 2010 survey to explore differences across the sector in terms of progress on curriclum implementation, three years on from the publication of the NZC in 2007. Issues covered in the report include: how confident principals and teachers are with the curriculum, which aspects they view as most important, the professional learning teachers are doing and the challenges of creating a curriculum to meet the learning needs of all students.

Research report - 2012
Author(s): Sally Boyd

This paper describes some of the findings from an evaluation of the Fruit in Schools (FiS) initiative. It outlines how the community development and health promotion approaches used by FiS schools offered students increased leadership opportunities.

Conference paper - 2011
Author(s): Cowie, B., Hipkins, R., Keown, P., & Boyd, S.
Research report - 2011
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins, Bronwen Cowie, Sally Boyd, Paul Keown, and Clive McGee
Research report - 2011
Author(s): Alex Neill and Jonathan Fisher

This chapter deals with questions of maths assessment.

Book chapter - 2010
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins and Edith Hodgen
Conference presentation - 2011
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Sally Boyd, Ally Bull, Beverley Cooper, Bronwen Cowie, Jenny Ferrier-Kerr, Rosemary Hipkins, Anne Hume, Paul Keown, Clive McGee, Anne Mckim, Judy Moreland, Michele Morrison, Merilyn Taylor, and Russell Yates

This interim research report provides examples of how some schools have approached the revised curriculum and the Key Competencies, and discusses the processes, tensions, and opportunities of leading and managing curriculum change.

Paper - 2008
Author(s): Bronwen Cowie, Rosemary Hipkins, Sally Boyd, Ally Bull, Paul Keown, Clive McGee, with Beverley Cooper, Jenny Ferrier-Kerr, Anne Hume, Anne McKim, Judy Moreland, Michele Morrison, Rachel Bolstad, Lorraine Spiller, Merilyn Taylor, and Russell Yates

This research report provides examples of how some schools have approached the revised curriculum and the Key Competencies, and discusses the processes, tensions, and opportunities of leading and managing curriculum change.

Research report - 2009

This article provides examples of how some schools have approached the revised curriculum and the Key Competencies, and discusses ways of leading and managing curriculum change.

Journal article - 2009
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins

This paper discusses the possible purposes for assessing the Key Competencies, and the assessment approaches that fit with these purposes.

Journal article - 2007
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins and Karen Vaughan
Conference paper - 2002
Author(s): Sally Boyd, Rachel Dingle, Edith Hodgen, Julian King, and Michelle Moss
Research report - 2009
Shaping our futures: Meeting secondary students' learning needs in a time of evolving qualifications: final report of the Learning Curves project
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins and Karen Vaughan, with Fiona Beals, Hilary Ferral, and Ben Gardiner
Research report - 2005
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins
Conference paper - 2004
Author(s): Fiona Beals, Rosemary Hipkins, Marie Cameron, and Susan Watson
Research report - 2003
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins, with Ed Strafford, Roberta Tiatia, and Fiona Beals

Research report - 2003
Classroom Assessment Practices in English and Mathematics at Years 5, 7, and 9
Author(s): Karyn Dunn, Ed Strafford, and Chris Marston
Research report - 2003
Author(s): A. Bull, J. Gilbert, H. Barwick, R. Hipkins, and R. Baker

Research report - 2010