Te Rākeitanga - Expansion Evaluation

Te Rākeitanga - Expansion Evaluation is the basis for all ERO’s evaluations. The methodology is adapted for Te Pupuketanga and Te Manakotanga according to what is needed and most constructive for individual kura.

There is a strong focus on self review, and on information from the kura and its whānau, to enable ERO to evaluate and report in a way that will be of ongoing use to the kura.

Criteria for scheduling a Te Rākeitanga - Expansion Evaluation

The majority of kura will be in this category. Te Rākeitanga reviews are scheduled for three years after the previous review.

Good performance, with aspects of high quality performance, will be evident and ERO will have no material concerns about the education and safety of students.This diagram show the criteria for scheduling an expansion review.  The top box is entitled Te Rakeitanaga expansion evaluation - strengthen and grow three year review timing criteria. The next box which lays directly underneath is Te Tino Uaratanga - high expectations for students staff and whanau, students are alert to every are of knowledge that they choose to pursue in their lives. The next box is a table with the following headings, Wahanga, Student outcomes and Process inputs. underneath the first heading reading across the headings is Te Ira Tanagata - the student develops physical, spiritual, cultural and emotional wellbeing, Safe, nurturing inclusive enviroment. The next line is Te Reo Maori - The student is a competent thinker, speaker, reader and writer of te reo maori, Immersion enviroment with good quality models. The next is Nga Iwi - The student acknowedges iwi, hapu, whanau and demonstrates capabilty across a range of roles and responsiblities, Cultural values, tikanga and collective responsiblity. The next is Te Ao - The student actively explores the complex natural and physical worlds, Value and acceptance of the Maori world view. the last is Ahuatanga Ako - The student is a confident learner actively engaged with learning, effective responsive teaching and learning programmes.  Underneath this are two final boxes the first is Leadership and management, focus on students and high quality outcomes and lastly Self review - Direction setting, decision making, a cluture of reflection and forward thinking.

Figure 10: Criteria for scheduling Te Rākeitanga - Expansion Evaluation

Te Rākeitanga - Expansion Evaluation is carried out three years after the previous review. It is intended to strengthen existing practice in the kura and encourage Te Aho Matua kura whānau to expand their current practice with a specific focus on continuous improvement.

The review process is streamlined to be more focused, to enhance self review, and to enable kura to make more direct and effective use of ERO’s external evaluation process through good evaluative practices and models.

Te Rākeitanga:

  • aims to maintain the integrity of the indigenous framing Te Aho Matua
  • complements kura self review with external evaluation
  • aims to extend evaluation capability in kura communities
  • introduces increased focus on Te Aho Matua
  • includes formal acknowledgement that ERO may use the evidence provided by whānau, and sample other areas like classroom observations across a range of classrooms
  • gathers additional information to assist the development of Te Aho Matua kura kaupapa Māori nationally.

Te Rākeitanga focuses on specific aspects identified by kura whānau. The evaluation process and investigative pathway enables ERO to achieve depth through focus.

In the final phase of the review ERO will lead evaluative discussionswith the kura whānau. During these discussions, ERO’s onsite analysis and synthesis combine to give whānau relevant detail about their students’ outcomes and their own process contributions.

The discussions will lead to a confirmed written report that will give the bigger picture across three main elements - evaluation focus, self review and the Whānau Assurance Statement.

The review process

The review team is made up of review officers and the kaitiaki, and will follow the review process phases.

What a Te Rākeitanga Review will look likeThis diagram is a table which sets out what a Te Rakeitanga review will look like. There are four columns headed Te Rakeitanga review process, ERO, Te Runanga Nui (TRN) and Kura Whanau the nine rows underneath reading across the headings are as follows: Whanaungatanga pre review selection process, Senior leadership team uses the criteria for the timing of reviews, review file and report to make judgements about the timing of the next review, TRN aware of the review timing and Kura whanau receive unconfirmed ERO report, initate discussions with other parties. Formal notification, ERO sends confirmed report and schedules team and visits appropriate, TRN aware of review timing and Kura whanau acknowledge confirmed report. Communication, ERO coordinator communicates with the kura, Coordinator makes contact with the kaitaki chosen by the kuua whanau, TRN attend as Kaitaki of the review and kUra whanau communicate with coordinator about the pending review, identify the kaitaki for the review. Onsite relationships - Powhiri whakatu, review team arrives as manahiri, TRN kaitaki an active member of the review team, Participates in evaluation role and Whanau self review hui where whanau provide information and detail pertaining to the review including the evaluation plan, timetable and arrangements for the review. Whakaaetanga Evaluation design relationships clarification planning agreement - ERO team develops an evalution design based on the self review whanau hui the evaluation plan the timetable and any other relevant information. This includes the evalutative questions and the investigative questions the plan is given to the whanau and he process remains open and transparent, The Kaitaki is integral to the development of the evaluation design, the kaitaki works alongside and with the review team and The whanau actively participate as a part of the review process.  Evidence Analysis Synthesis - The review team follows the direction of the evaluation design and makes modifications as appropriate, it gathers evidence and completes individual and team analysis. This is an ongoing process then the team complies the synthesis, Kaitaki works with the ERO team providing suppport for whanau and ERO and The whanau actively participate a part of the review process. Whakataunga relationships priorities agreement - The review team talks about the process the detail o the synthesis and makes an oppurtunity for whanau to make comment. This allows all parties to reach agreement abou the findings of the review, Kaitaki involvement as team member representing TRN and whanau and The whanau attend hui to rear review findings they are encouraged to make comment. The hui allows all parties the opportunity to reach agreement about the review findings. And the last section is Offsite reporting - Coordinator drafts report, ERO quality assurance process, decision on timing of next review, confirmed report sent to all parties, TRN receive a copy of the confirmed report and the whanau recieve the unconfirmed report and can make comment about error of fact. They then recieve  the confirmed reoprt.

Figure 11: Review process for Te Rākeitanga - Expansion Evaluation