Achievement challenges

Achievement challenges are shared goals that are identified and developed by a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako based on the needs of its learners.

The challenges are created by the Community of Learning and endorsed by the Minister of Education as part of the formation of the Community of Learning. An achievement challenge plan is a working document that guides the progress and direction of a Community of Learning.

The removal of Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori and National Standards

We will work with the sector, parents, families and whānau to remove National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori. We want to focus on children’s progress and achievement, across the wider curriculum, while not forgetting the importance of foundation skills of literacy and numeracy. Children need reading, writing and maths skills to access a rich, broad curriculum.

Good assessment and aromatawai, and the ability to assess and improve educational progress and achievement for all children, remains a critical part of effective teaching and learning in all schools, kura and Kāhui Ako.

Use of tools to realise achievement challenges

Kāhui Ako may choose which tools they use to review the impact of their Action Plan to realise their achievement challenges and to monitor how their students are tracking against curriculum expectations.

The Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) and the Learning Progression Frameworks (LPF) will continue to be valuable as they provide a high level of consistency in the data Kāhui Ako need to set their goals and analyse their impact. Te Waharoa Ararau (TWA) can continue to be used by kura to support kaiako to understand how well ākonga are progressing with te reo Matatini and pāngarau over time and to inform internal evaluation and forward planning.

Changes to achievement challenges

All Kāhui Ako now have the opportunity to remove National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori from their achievement challenges if they want to do so.

Developing achievement challenges

The guidance we developed together with the sector on how to set achievement challenges remains the same. That is, they should continue to be linked to the National Curricula and be based on data and evidence.

Specifically, Kahui Ako should continue to set between 3-5 achievement challenges that are related to or derived from the National Curricula (New Zealand Curriculum, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Te Whariki).  These achievement challenges will have clearly defined and measurable targets. Clear, specific achievement challenges provide a more purposeful focus for collaboration.

Guide for Schools and Kura [PDF, 777 KB] / He Aratohu mā ngā Kura [PDF, 512 KB] and Tips and Starters: Working Together [PDF, 279 KB] provide guidance for Kāhui Ako who are identifying achievement challenges.


Information on assessment tools (external link) that currently are available to provide evidence of impact on student progress 

Information on aromatawai tools that are currently available to provide evidence of impact on student progress in Māori medium  Te Rārangi Rauemi Aromatawai ā-Motu (external link) . It should be recognised that these tools do not constitute the fullness of the aromatawai process.

If you have any questions about the changes to Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori and National Standards you can email your question through to

Endorsed achievement challenges 

Examples of achievement challenges are available for download below. The most recently endorsed achievement challenges are at the top of the list. 

Te Kaahui Ako o Mangakootukutuku [PDF, 1.2 MB] 20/06/2018
South Wairarapa [PDF, 943 KB] 20/06/2018
Huntly District [PDF, 1.5 MB] 20/06/2018
Eastern Wellington [PDF, 447 KB] 20/06/2018
Pūtaringamotu [PDF, 445 KB] 20/06/2018
Te Kāhui Ako o Tiriwā [PDF, 1.5 MB] 29/05/2018
Ngā Whānau O Karaiti [PDF, 1.3 MB] 29/05/2018
Lower North Island Christian Schools [PDF, 1.1 MB] 29/05/2018
Ka Awa Whiria [PDF, 515 KB] 30/04/2018
Ngā Mātāpuna o Ngā Pakihi [PDF, 696 KB] 27/04/2018
Tōtaranui [PDF, 1 MB] 13/04/2018
Te Puna Mātauranga [PDF, 353 KB] 13/04/2018
Ruahine [PDF, 932 KB] 13/04/2018
Te Angiangi [PDF, 912 KB] 13/04/2018
Whirinaki [PDF, 1.1 MB] 23/03/2018
Te Pae Here [PDF, 965 KB] 12/03/2018
Pomahaka [PDF, 681 KB] 12/03/2018
Hamilton Central [PDF, 893 KB] 16/02/2018
Ohinemuri [PDF, 986 KB] 16/02/2018
Mangere [PDF, 601 KB] 11/01/2018
South Taranaki - Patea [PDF, 313 KB] 11/01/2018
South Taranaki - Hawera [PDF, 284 KB] 11/01/2018
Taita/Stokes Valley [PDF, 608 KB] 11/01/2018
Naenae [PDF, 648 KB] 11/01/2018
FINSCol [PDF, 1 MB] 14/12/2017
Dunstan [PDF, 333 KB] 14/12/2017
Hillcrest [PDF, 1.6 MB] 14/12/2017
Taitoko [PDF, 307 KB] 14/12/2017
Waihi [PDF, 1.4 MB] 14/12/2017
Waikato Catholic [PDF, 2 MB] 14/12/2017
Central Taranaki [PDF, 623 KB] 14/12/2017
Tawa [PDF, 340 KB] 14/12/2017
Motueka [PDF, 1.3 MB] 14/12/2017
Whitestone [PDF, 903 KB] 14/12/2017
Farm Cove/Pakuranga [PDF, 720 KB] 14/12/2017
Waitematā [PDF, 2.2 MB] 14/12/2017
Alfriston [PDF, 1.3 MB] 14/12/2017
Pupuke [PDF, 1.1 MB] 14/12/2017
Kerekere [PDF, 869 KB] [PDF, 1.1 MB] 14/12/2017
Aupaki [PDF, 561 KB] 14/12/2017
Big River [PDF, 893 KB] 7/12/2017
Dunedin Catholic Schools [PDF, 1.8 MB] 7/12/2017
Golden Bay | Mohua [PDF, 945 KB] 7/12/2017
Hokianga [PDF, 547 KB] 7/12/2017
Mata Nui o Kahungunu [PDF, 1.2 MB] 7/12/2017
Mt Albert [PDF, 524 KB] 7/12/2017
Ngā Hau e Whā [PDF, 1.7 MB] 7/12/2017
Reporoa [PDF, 454 KB] 7/12/2017
Taha Hinengaro [PDF, 1.3 MB] 7/12/2017
Taha Tinana [PDF, 1.6 MB] 7/12/2017
Taha Whanau [PDF, 1.6 MB] 7/12/2017
Te Iti Kahurangi [PDF, 1.6 MB] 7/12/2017
Tipu Maia [PDF, 862 KB] 7/12/2017
Howick [PDF, 1.7 MB] 30/9/2017
Christian Education Network [PDF, 1.5 MB] 25/9/2017
Ōtākaro [PDF, 1001 KB] 25/9/2017
Tararua [PDF, 1.2 MB] 25/9/2017
Te Maru o Ngongotaha (Rotorua) [PDF, 1 MB] 25/9/2017
Twin Coast [PDF, 740 KB] 25/9/2017
Ahuriri [PDF, 577 KB] 9/9/2017
Mahurangi [PDF, 1007 KB] 9/9/2017
South Canterbury Catholic [PDF, 421 KB] 9/9/2017
Te Mana Raupō [PDF, 1.4 MB] 9/9/2017
Te Waka o Māramatanga [PDF, 2.1 MB] 9/9/2017
Whakatipu Akoranga [PDF, 1 MB] 9/9/2017
Oneroa [PDF, 937 KB] 3/9/2017
Tamai [PDF, 978 KB] 14/8/2017
Thames Kauaeranga [PDF, 1.2 MB] 14/8/2017
Kāhui Ako o te Kōhanga Moa (Inglewood) [PDF, 1.8 MB] 8/8/2017
Malvern [PDF, 845 KB] 8/8/2017
Mt Maunganui [PDF, 881 KB] 8/8/2017
South Rangitikei [PDF, 372 KB] 8/8/2017
Glendowie [PDF, 714 KB] 7/8/2017
North Porirua [PDF, 713 KB] 1/8/2017
Whangaparaoa Peninsula [PDF, 1.2 MB] 1/8/2017
Waimea [PDF, 1.4 MB] 17/7/2017
Te Puke [PDF, 927 KB] 17/7/2017
Whiria Te Tangata [PDF, 1.7 MB] 4/7/2017
Tokomairiro [PDF, 456 KB] 7/6/2017
Wakatipu [PDF, 517 KB] 7/6/2017
Te Kāhui Ako o Kaipara [PDF, 646 KB] 24/5/2017
Ōtāhuhu [PDF, 597 KB] 21/5/2017
Invercargill [PDF, 310 KB] 21/5/2017
Waiheke [PDF, 4.3 MB] 11/4/2017
Whānau ki te Ako: Albany / Greenhithe [PDF, 1.2 MB] 21/3/2017
Kaipātiki [PDF, 868 KB] 7/3/2017
Rangitaiki / Kawerau [PDF, 1.2 MB] 6/3/2017
Matamata [PDF, 1.6 MB] 14/2/2017
Orewa [PDF, 1 MB] 14/2/2017
Waimariri-iri [PDF, 617 KB] 1/2/2017
South Auckland Catholic Schools [PDF, 751 KB] 25/1/2017
Kōtuitui [PDF, 1.8 MB] 8/12/2016
Te Roopu Pourewa [PDF, 1.2 MB] 8/12/2016
Northcote [PDF, 932 KB] 8/12/2016
Christchurch Catholic [PDF, 935 KB] 8/12/2016
Far North [PDF, 1.6 MB] 8/12/2016
Te Arahura [PDF, 1.7 MB] 8/12/2016
North Shore Catholic [PDF, 1.3 MB] 8/12/2016

Manaiakalani [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Ōtūmoetai [PDF, 924 KB] 29/11/2016
West Papatoetoe [PDF, 1 MB] 29/11/2016
Steiner Waldorf [PDF, 1.2 MB] 26/11/2016 
Maungakiekie [PDF, 760 KB] 14/11/2016 
Palmerston North East [PDF, 1.1 MB] 14/11/2016 
Porirua East [PDF, 984 KB] 14/11/2016 
Puketeraki [PDF, 3.9 MB] 14/11/2016 
Hakatere [PDF, 1.1 MB] 2/11/2016
Opuke [PDF, 792 KB] 2/11/2016 
Pukekohe [PDF, 1.6 MB] 26/10/2016
Henderson [PDF, 1.8 MB] 26/10/2016
Waiuku [PDF, 1.8 MB] 12/10/2016
He Waka Eke Noa (NW Hamilton) [PDF, 2.1 MB] 15/09/2016
Te Kāhui Ako o Omaio ki Tahunanui [PDF, 1.2 MB] 15/09/2016
Buller [PDF, 947 KB] 15/09/2016
Dannevirke [PDF, 683 KB] 15/09/2016
Auckland Central Catholic [PDF, 6.2 MB] 15/09/2016
Top of the South Island (Area Schools) [PDF, 994 KB] 15/09/2016
Devonport [PDF, 4.1 MB] 13/09/2016
Tauranga Peninsula [PDF, 426 KB] 6/09/2016
Te Puna o Kemureti [PDF, 1.7 MB] 9/8/2016
Rotorua East [PDF, 635 KB] 10/7/2016
Opotiki [PDF, 1.1 MB] 30/6/2016
Kaikoura [PDF, 565 KB] 20/6/2016
Mt Roskill (Puketāpapa) [PDF, 771 KB] 30/5/2016
Matariki (Napier) [PDF, 480 KB] 12/5/2016
Te Whānau Mātauranga o Kerehana [PDF, 985 KB] 12/5/2016
Waitakere (Version 2) [PDF, 1.9 MB] 14/4/2016
Napier City [PDF, 1.1 MB] 24/2/2016
Hauraki [PDF, 639 KB] 24/2/2016
Rotorua Central [PDF, 387 KB] 24/2/2016
Southern Area Schools [PDF, 861 KB] 24/2/2016
Taupō [PDF, 3.4 MB] 24/2/2016
Waimate [PDF, 1.9 MB] 24/2/2016
Whakatane [PDF, 530 KB] 24/2/2016
Auckland Central [PDF, 1.2 MB] 18/11/2015
Lower Mataura Valley [PDF, 546 KB] 18/11/2015
Lynfield [PDF, 965 KB] 18/11/2015
Te Wheke Akoranga Marlborough Sounds [PDF, 466 KB] (Picton) 18/11/2015
Māwhera [PDF, 826 KB] (Greymouth) 18/11/2015
Nelson City (Version 2) [PDF, 196 KB]
Nelson City (Original) [PDF, 5 MB]
Te Atatu [PDF, 5 MB] 18/11/2015
Westland [PDF, 868 KB] 18/11/2015
Rotorua Catholic Faith Based [PDF, 374 KB] 2/10/2015
Mid Bays [PDF, 343 KB] (Auckland) 5/8/2015
Piritahi (2BCoS) [PDF, 1.1 MB] 28/7/2015

Identifying achievement challenges

Communities of Learning identify achievement challenges that are a priority for their community. Achievement challenges should be common to all or most of the schools within a community, but may be apparent in different ways in different schools, along the learning pathway. Most Communities of Learning identify 3–5 challenges to address. 

The following questions may be helpful starters.

  • What is our vision of success for our students?
  • What are the common challenges across our Community of Learning?
  • What do we know about possible reasons for these challenges and how do we know?
  • What support will be needed and what resources are available to help?

Understanding links and reasons for the challenges will help define your achievement challenges and set out your goals and objectives towards addressing them.

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