The Education Review Office (ERO) evaluated how well schools set targets for raising student achievement, and took actions that made a difference for learners who were at risk of underachieving. The report summarises the national picture for targeted actions in our schools, and provides examples from the schools that were doing best in setting targets and taking actions that raised student achievement.
ERO found that two thirds of schools set effective targets, and about half took effective actions to raise achievement. ERO found that the most important factors for school success were:
The report includes some powerful quotes from school leaders, trustees and teaching teams.
“We have very thorough systems to monitor the progress and achievement of all students. Senior managers, team leaders, the class teacher and support teachers were all involved in the process of identifying students needing support, deciding on the most appropriate supports, and monitoring outcomes of the intervention.”
“We have doubled the budget for literacy teaching and learning resources after a workshop with teachers, trustees and leaders, where student information was looked into and targets set.”
“We act as a number of professional learning groups. Teaching teams have created action plans for target students showing specific support strategies for named individuals, which are shared with parents and whānau.”
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