Sorted in Schools, Te whai hua – kia ora is a financial capability programme for secondary school students in English-medium (EME) and Māori-medium (MME) education settings. The programme is led by Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission (formerly the Commission for Financial Capability). The programme aims to equip all young New Zealanders for their financial future. The first resources were piloted in 2018, and schools and kura started to use the Years 9 and 10 resources in 2019 with senior secondary resources for Years 11–13 launched in June 2020.
This report presents findings from Phase 2 of the evaluation of Sorted in Schools, Te whai hua – kia ora,1 undertaken by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). The Phase 2 evaluation took place from January to August 2021 and had three overarching questions:
- Is the programme being implemented well?
- Are there elements Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission should be changing?
- Is the programme having an impact?
This report brings together data from multiple sources to evaluate the implementation and early outcomes of Sorted in Schools, Te whai hua – kia ora:
- a short survey of kaiako engaging with Te whai hua – kia ora
- interviews with kaiako, ākonga, and whānau in one kura using Te whai hua – kia ora
- web analytics and registration data for Te whai hua – kia ora
- interviews with the project team and others working with kaiako using Te whai hua – kia ora
- a survey of teachers registered on the Sorted in Schools website
- a survey of students whose teachers were registered on the Sorted in Schools website.
The evaluation combined these multiple sources of data and used an evaluative rubric to judge the Sorted in Schools, Te whai hua – kia ora programme overall, as well as against each criterion in the evaluation framework. Overall, we rated the implementation and early outcomes of the programme as very good.