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Janet Lee

Job Title: 
Kairangahau Matua | Senior Researcher

Janet has many years’ experience working as a teacher in the UK and Aotearoa New Zealand, in both science and vocational education. In the 1980’s she completed the Institute of Biology’s graduate examinations to become a UK chartered biologist. During a long teaching career, she has worked in both secondary and further education, principally as a biologist but also following a particular interest in vocational and pre-vocational education, developing several teaching programmes in alternative education for 16 to 18 year olds.

Janet has worked in educational assessment in a variety of roles for NCEA examinations in Aotearoa New Zealand and for Cambridge University Press and Assessment in the UK, where she worked on education reform projects for the Assessment Projects Group, leading work in Egypt, Armenia, and the UNICEF education response for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Janet’s main areas of interest are in educational assessment, evaluation and universal design for learning and its application to assessment design. She is currently working on the refresh of NZCER’s Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs) in the reading comprehension area.


BSc Otago University


P.G.C.E. London University Inst of Education

P.A.C.E.S. in Educational Assessment, Cambridge University

M.Ed in researching practice, Cambridge University


Recently completed research projects

Accommodating diversity in assessment, a snapshot of practice in 2022, a report completed for the Ministry of Education, by Janet Lee and Rosemary Hipkins, that looked at the current use of special assessment conditions for NCEA and the potential for increasing inclusivity in assessment through a universal design for learning approach.

Research outputs

Year published Title Publication type Category
2023 Accommodating diversity in assessment: A snapshot of practice in 2022 Research report NCEA