This is a case study for the U.S. Department of Education commissioned by WestEd.
New Zealand — a small country of 4.3 million people — has a single national education system, a system in which other countries might benefit from.
This case study:
- Provides an overview of the New Zealand education system, including curriculum and assessment; school type; resources and funding; and student population
- Explores the country’s school improvement efforts, including policy context; how low-performing schools are identified and their needs assessed; and current and future changes
- Reviews school improvement research, including the criteria for low performance and interventions; and findings from research on school conditions
- Profiles specific school improvement efforts
- Describes lessons learned and implications for other countries
This is one of four case studies developed in mid-2009 for the U.S. Department of Education that focus on how countries other than the United States have been addressing the challenge of turning around their low-performing schools. The other three case studies focus on Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
You can find out more information on the WestED website here.