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Making progress in science from Levels 1 to 4

Free teacher science workshops, supported by the Ministry of Education.

  • What does progress in science look like from Level 1 to 4? 
  • How can progress be assessed? 
  • What can teachers do to help their students? 
  • What can whānau do to help their children?    

These free workshops address these questions using findings from the 2017 National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) in science. From the findings, four resources have been produced that introduce and explain student progression between Level 1 to 4.  

In the workshops, we will work together to explore these resources. This includes unpacking insights from the NMSSA study by exploring a range of tasks used in the study and the student responses. We will also look at how the tasks connect to the science capabilities and discuss what and why certain understandings are important in science at different levels.   

Participants will receive a copy of all four new resources.  

  1. Science guide for teachers for Levels 1 and 2, 3, 4 and 4 and above (poster resources). These explain what students understand about science and could be learning within each Level. 
  2. What children are learning in Science: A guide for whānau provides whānau with ideas for supporting their children’s science learning in school. 
  3. Insights for Teachers provides practical insights into the items assessed in the study, including what was being looked for and why.  
  4. Understanding Progress from Levels 2 to 4 uses information and data from the NMSSA science assessments to create indicators of progress. These indicators are displayed in a “rainbow diagram”. The report also explains the progressions using student examples. 

Science 2017 NMSSA reports available at: 

100% of teachers attending the workshops in 2019 said it was useful or very useful in supporting them to teach science. 

Delivered by Lorraine Spiller and Sandy Robbins from NZCER. The workshops are supported by the Ministry of Education. 

Where and when will the workshops be? 

 There are 18 workshops across the country, see the table below.

Choose either a morning or an afternoon time at each  location. 

The morning workshop will run from 9.00am to 11.30am, morning tea will be provided. 

The afternoon workshop will run from 1.30pm to 4.00pm, afternoon tea will be provided.

Numbers are limited to 40 per workshop, up to three participants per school. 

How to register? 

Click on the location you'd like to attend in the table below. You'll be directed to the event booking. Then select the time of the workshop, morning or afternoon.





Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Friday, 6 March 2020

South Auckland

Mt Smart Stadium

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Auckland North Shore

Takapuna, Bruce Mason Centre

Wednesday, 11 March 2020


Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

Thursday, 12 March 2020


RICOH Sports Centre, Lower Hutt

Monday, 16 March 2020

Palmerston North

Conference and Function Centre, Palmerston  North

Wednesday, 18 March 2020


Rydges Latimer Christchurch

Tuesday, 31 March 2020


Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Wednesday, 1 April 2020


Trailways Hotel Nelson - The Rivers Room

Monday, 6 April 2020


Contact details:

Analia Lorefice 
Ph: 04 802 1467