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Author(s): Elliot Lawes
Publication type: Research report

This is a series of three reports that draw on data from NZCER's PATs to explore student achievement and progress in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Two of the reports use PAT: Mathematics data. One explores the consistency of teacher judgements against National Standards, the other simulates patterns of student progress in National Stanards.

15 December 2016
Author(s): Linda Bonne
Publication type: Research report

This report looks at how National Standards are viewed and used in primary and intermediate schools in 2016, almost seven years since they were introduced.

It draws on data from the NZCER National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools, which was conducted in late August and early September 2016.

The survey asked principals and teachers how National Standards data was being used and their views on its impact and value. Some trustees and parents and whānau were also surveyed.

13 December 2016
Author(s): Roseanna Bourke (Massey University) and Jo MacDonald
Publication type: Journal article

1 December 2016
Author(s): Cathy Wylie
Publication type: Research report

This is the first thematic report from the NZCER National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools 2016 and explores the involvement of schools in the new Communities of Learning (CoL).

The survey was conducted from August to early September 2016 and included a representative sample of English-medium state and state-integrated primary and intermediate schools. The survey gathers the views of principals, teachers, Boards of Trustee members and parents. Around two thirds of the schools surveyed were involved in a CoL.

30 November 2016
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad and Jo MacDonald
Publication type: Research report

This project looked at the impact of the Digital and Collaborative Learning programme on teachers’ reflective practice in the classroom. 

1 November 2016
Author(s): Karen Vaughan
Publication type: Journal article

9 October 2016
Author(s): Jenny Whatman
Publication type: Research report

This report draws on a 3-year evaluation of induction and mentoring in New Zealand early childhood education settings and schools, carried out for the Education Council (previously NZ Teachers Council).  The research included surveys of provisionally certificated teachers and their mentors, as well as case studies.  The study sought to establish the impact of shifting from advice and guidance to educative mentoring.

15 August 2016
Author(s): Cathy Wylie and Rachel Felgate
Publication type: Research report

A summary and three reports have been released as part of NZCER's evaluation of the Incredible Years Teacher programme, ndertaken for for the Ministry of Education. The series is available on the Ministry of Education's Education Counts website here.

The report are:

11 August 2016
Author(s): Jo Macdonald, Jenny Whatman and Liesje Stevens
Publication type: Research report

This is the third annual evaluation report of the Teach First NZ programme pilot, delivered in partnership with the University of Auckland. It confirms that the Teach First NZ programme continues to be effectively and efficiently implemented. Teach First NZ and the University of Auckland's Faculty of Education continue to find ways to strengthen the programme and to ensure it is well known and well supported. Participants are strong ambassadors for the programme, including the mission of reducing educational inequalities.

11 August 2016
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad and Jenny Whatman
Publication type: Research report

This is the third case study from a research project on successful and sustained collaborations between New Zealand schools and community and professional experts. The report looks at Epuni Primary School's collaboration with community members, including a partnership with a community initiative called the Common Unity Project Aotearoa.

4 August 2016