Appendix 1: Sample of schools

This evaluation involved 176 schools in which ERO carried out an education review in Terms 2 and 3 of 2012. The types of schools, roll size, school locality (urban or rural) and decile ranges of the schools are shown in Tables 1 to 4 below.

Table 1: School type

School type

Number of schools

Percentage of schools

National percentage of schools with Years 1-8 students[9]

Full primary (Years 1-8)

90

51

49

Contributing primary (Years 1-6)

60

34

35

Intermediate (Years 7-8)

9

5

5

Composite (Years 1-15)

7

4

7

Secondary (Years 7-15)

10

6

4

Total

176

100

100

Table 1 shows that, in comparison to national figures, the sample was representative for school type.[10]

Table 2: Roll size group

Roll size (number of students)

Number of schools

Percentage of schools

National percentage of schools with Years 1-8 students

Very small (1-30 primary,

1-100 secondary)

17

10

10

Small (31-100 primary,

101-400 secondary)

43

24

25

Medium (101-300 primary, 401-800 secondary)

73

41

38

Large (301-500 primary,

801-1500 secondary)

33

19

19

Very large (501 primary, 1501 secondary)

10

6

8

Total

176

100

100

Table 2 shows that very large schools were slightly under‑represented, and medium schools slightly over-represented, in comparison to national figures. The differences were not statistically significant.

Table 3: School locality

Locality (population size)

Number of schools

Percentage of schools

National percentage of schools with Years 1-8 students

Main urban area (30,000 )

84

48

51

Secondary urban area (10,000-29,999)

10

6

6

Minor urban area (1000-9999)

26

14

11

Rural (1-999)

56

32

32

Total

176

100

100

Table 3 shows that minor urban schools were over-represented, and main urban schools slightly under-represented. The differences were not statistically significant

Table 4: School decile range

Decile [11]

Number of schools

Percentage of schools

National percentage of schools with Years 1-8 students

Low (1-3)

46

26

30

Middle (4-7)

74

42

39

High (8-10)

56

32

31

Total

176

100

100

Table 4 shows that low decile schools in the sample were slightly under‑represented, and middle decile schools slightly over‑represented, in comparison to national figures. The differences were not statistically significant.