Appraisal as a catalyst for improved learner outcomes

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The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (the Council) was established on 1 July 2015 to replace the New Zealand Teachers Council. 

One of the sixteen functions outlined in the enabling legislation for the Council was the requirement to audit and moderate the appraisals of at least 10% of the practising certificates issued or renewed each year.  This focus was to ensure that appraisals that were the basis for teacher certification achieved a “reasonable and consistent standard”. On the first day of its operation the Council signed an agreement with the Education Review Office (ERO) to undertake this work on behalf of the new Council.

This report is based on the first year results of this contractual work. ERO completed just over 4000 individual audits across 841 institutions (schools and early childhood services), representing approximately 10% of the endorsements made by professional leaders. The audit was undertaken in all regular education reviews across New Zealand where there had been teachers endorsed for a practising certificate in the twelve months prior to the review.