Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori and Ka Hikitia

Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori are designed and implemented as part of a wider work programme designed to strengthen Māori-medium education.

The Ministry of Education is managing five work streams, including implementing Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori, that will contribute to strengthening Māori-medium education. The work streams are: 

  1. Support implementing Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (the national curriculum for Māori-medium education).
  2. Design and implement Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.
  3. Support plain language reporting to parents.
  4. Address gaps in literacy and numeracy assessment tools for Māori-medium.
  5. Provide high quality professional development for teachers, principals and boards of trustees, that is specifically designed for the Māori-medium sector. 

These five work streams will also support the Māori language education focus area in Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success, the Māori education strategy (Ka Hikitia).

Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success 2008-2012

Ka Hikitia sets the direction for improving education outcomes for and with Māori learners. Ka Hikitia means ‘to step up’ and its vision is of Māori enjoying education success as Māori.

Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori in kōrero (oral language), pānui (reading), tuhituhi (writing) and pāngarau (mathematics) will be a vital step to help raise student achievement.

Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori:

  • set out the level a student can be expected to achieve in kōrero (oral language), pānui (reading), tuhituhi (writing) and pāngarau (mathematics), in their schooling years 1 to 8
  • show the student’s progress towards the appropriate level of Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori, and show what the student needs to learn next
  • will be backed up by support for schools whose students aren’t reaching or making good progress towards the appropriate level of Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori
  • will see schools report in plain language to whānau about their child’s performance.

If a student is not reaching an intended outcome teachers, students and whānau will know this early. They can then act promptly to help the student reach the outcome.

Teachers will use high-quality assessment information to measure students’ achievement, to inform whānau, and to develop strategies about what needs to happen next.

Boards of trustees will also be expected to share information with their communities about student achievement and progress at their school. This ensures whānau and iwi are better informed and involved.

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