Progress and achievement across the Curriculum

With the removal of the National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori last year, we signalled that the Ministry will work with the sector, students, parents, whānau, iwi and communities to focus on progress and achievement across the National Curriculum.

Read more about the National Curriculum:

The New Zealand Curriculum (external link)

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (external link)

By focusing on progress and achievement across the National Curriculum, teachers and kaiako can ensure learners have the support and learning opportunities they need. Parents and whānau will know what progress their children are making across the National Curriculum – including key capabilities for success in life, learning and work – and how they can help their children to move on in their learning.

Our aromatawai, assessment and reporting systems will need to evolve in order to support a focus on progress and achievement across the curriculum. A Ministerial Advisory Group is leading this work, alongside a Reference Group gathering input from teachers, leaders, students, parents, whānau, iwi and communities. Their work will support teachers and kaiako, schools and kura to make sure every child experiences rich opportunities to learn and progress in the important learning they are entitled to.

Why we need to focus on progress and achievement across the National Curriculum

The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa set the direction for teaching and learning. They provide guidance and allow flexibility for schools and kura to design and deliver learning and teaching in ways that meet the needs and aspirations of students, ākonga and their whānau, and reflect their local context.

The New Zealand Curriculum (external link)

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (external link)

While it remains important to know how well students are achieving in literacy and numeracy, te reo matatini and pāngarau, it’s also important to understand the progress each student is making  across the curriculum.

Assessing and reporting on progress takes into account the starting point of each student, and helps teachers and kaiako to personalise learning - providing the right learning opportunities and support for each student.

Shifting the focus to progress across the National Curriculum, will help to ensure that every student makes progress through a rich and engaging curriculum that creates confident, lifelong learners.

How you can be involved

It’s important that everyone who has a role in supporting student learning has the chance to contribute to this work.

To find out more and get involved, visit the Education Conversation website.

Education Conversation website (external link)

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