Foreword

Since 2001, the Education Review Office (ERO) has worked closely with Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa (Te Rūnanga Nui) to develop and monitor a specialist review methodology for Te Aho Matua kura kaupapa Māori.

Te Rūnanga Nui and ERO are committed to ensuring that the methodology reflects the principles of Te Aho Matua and is consistent with ERO’s wider evaluative practice. At the heart of this methodology are five principles:

  • External review is based on internal review of kura
  • The review process is based on dialogue
  • Evaluative criteria are based on the principles of Te Aho Matua
  • There is an understanding of the nature of Māori language (within the kura) within the context of Māori efforts to revitalise and regenerate the Māori language
  • There is an understanding that the curriculum development process is occurring within the context of kura kaupapa Māori efforts to re-establish mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and tikanga Māori (Māori practices).

While these five principles continue to underpin the methodology, there have been changes to the content to reflect different evaluation approaches and to ensure that the methodology adequately reflects the needs of Te Aho Matua kura kaupapa Māori.

Over the past 12 years, Te Rūnanga Nui and ERO have met regularly to discuss and refine the methodology. In 2006, the methodology underwent a significant review and was amended in the interests of improvement and accountability. This review was a collaborative process that enabled the methodology to evolve alongside ERO’s review methodology for mainstream schools.

This 2014 version is the result of further collaboration between Te Rūnanga Nui and ERO. The result is a robust methodology that accommodates the interests of all parties concerned. The methodology is steeped in the philosophy of Te Aho Matua and provides a review framework that also reflects ERO’s differentiated review cycle.

We are delighted to publish the latest methodology and trust that Te Aho Matua Kura Kaupapa Māori will find it a useful evaluation process.

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