National Evaluation Topics

ERO Education Reviews 

National Evaluation Topics (NETS) are decided from time to time. ERO gathers information on these topics during its reviews of individual schools and early childhood services, for a specified period. Usually, ERO will collate and analyse the information on these topics from individual reviews for a national evaluation report, which will be published on this website.

The topics chosen for national evaluations in Education Reviews need to reflect current issues. We do not make final decisions until a month or so before the beginning of the next school term. Topics are posted on this website. Findings are included in individual review reports.

Some information will be gathered through questionnaires we ask you to fill out before the review. The questionnaires are on ERO’s website or will be provided to you by your review coordinator.

Current National Evaluation Topics 

Te Whāriki (2017) Deciding what matters

In Term 4, 2018 and January 2019 ERO will be evaluating the extent to which you are focusing on the learning that matters for children in your service as you implement Te Whāriki.

Professional Learning and Development (PLD) priorities

In late 2016, the Ministry of Education redesigned centrally-funded professional learning and development (PLD) support to be more responsive to the needs of schools, kura and Kāhui Ako. In Terms 3 and 4 2018, the National Evaluation Topic (NET) in all schools having an ERO review (including those engaged in a 1-2 year review process) will look at how schools are using data and internal evaluation to determine PLD priorities, and monitor the impact on teaching and learning, and student outcomes. As part of this NET, review teams will have discussions with the senior leader/s responsible for PLD.


If you have any queries please contact your local ERO office or email.