Progress and achievement across the Curriculum for students in Years 1-10

With the removal of National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori last year, we signalled that the Ministry will work with the sector, parents, families and whānau on an approach to assessment and reporting that will focus on children’s progress and achievement across the Curriculum.

This different approach, based on the National Curriculum, will support teachers to personalise learning, provide the right learning opportunities for each child and allow for each child’s next steps in their learning journey. We’ll work together to make sure supports and resources are in place for teachers to do this. 

Parents will see what learning progress their child is making, and how they can help them to the next learning level and beyond.
Schools, kura and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako will have quality information about progress and achievement across the Curriculum to help them make important decisions about ways to better support their students’ learning.
The foundations for this approach are already in place. We want to build on those, and on the use of the whole Curriculum, so we can make a real and sustained improvement in student outcomes.

Curriculum and assessment – why they matter

The National Curriculum – The New Zealand Curriculum (English medium) and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (Māori medium) – sets the direction for teaching and learning. It provides flexibility and guidance for schools and kura to design and deliver teaching in a way that meets the needs of their students, and reflects their local context as well as the aspirations and expectations of parents.

It’s also the context for assessment. Effective assessment against the Curriculum is the tool that enables teachers to identify each student’s learning needs, determine how they are doing, and provide timely and meaningful information on their progress and achievement.
Read more about The New Zealand Curriculum (external link) and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (external link) .

How you can be involved

It’s important that everyone who has a role in supporting student learning, along with students themselves, can contribute to the development and implementation of this approach.

Two groups have been formed to help with this.

  • A Reference Group of teachers and kaiako, school and kura leaders, and representatives for a wide range of participants in education – including Māori, Pasifika and learning support will lead engagement, through their existing networks and communities. Members will be responsible for making sure the perspectives of students, parents and whānau, rural, alternative education and others are heard.
  • A Ministerial Advisory Group that includes experts and practitioners in education from both English medium and Māori medium perspectives, as well as Pasifika and special education, will provide advice to the Minister.

We will also use feedback and ideas from the Education Conversation to inform this work.

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