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NZCER's NCEA work

Recent NCEA research publications

Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins, Sara Tolbert, Bronwen Cowie, Pauline Waiti
Research report - 2022
Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Linda Bonne

This is a comprehensive picture of the current experiences and challenges for secondary schools in New Zealand. It presents the findings from NZCER's national survey of secondary schools, conducted in July and August 2015.  It includes the perspectives of principals, teachers, parents and board of trustee members on a wide range of issues.

Research report - 2016
Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Melanie Berg

This report explores the achievement of school leavers from state and state-integrated boys' schools. The analysis from 2010 to 2012 shows school leavers from state boys’ schools had higher qualifications than their male counterparts who attended state co-educational schools.

Research report - 2014
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.

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Research report - 2013
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins and Lorraine Spiller

This report discusses the impact of NCEA on schools' and teachers' thinking about curriculum. It was funded from NZCER's purchase agreement with the Ministry of Education and is intended to draw on and contribute to NZCER's ongoing NCEA-related research. It explores how innovative teachers and schools think about and enact curriculum change enabled by NCEA.

Working paper - 2012
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins and Edith Hodgen
Conference paper - 2012
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins and Karen Vaughan
Conference paper - 2002
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
The Evolving NCEA
Author(s): Rosemary Hipkins

Research report - 2010