During Terms 1 to 3, 2011 ERO undertook a national evaluation that focused on how well schools were working with the National Standards to promote students’ progress and achievement. The eight schools selected for this good practice report were reviewed as part of this evaluation and were among those considered to be working well with the National Standards. ERO revisited the schools in Term 4, 2011 specifically to explore the schools’ practices within the context of their school community.
The following questions guided this evaluation:
- In what ways is the board working with the National Standards?
- In what ways are school leaders working with the National Standards?
- In what ways are teachers working with the National Standards?
- In what ways are parents and whānau involved in and supporting their child’s learning in relation to the National Standards?
- In what ways are students involved in and understanding their learning in relation to the National Standards?
- What are the next steps for the school to improve how they work with the National Standards as part of their curriculum and associated assessment?
- What advice would you give other schools about working with the National Standards?
Each example provides some information about the size of the school and the students enrolled. ERO uses the following descriptors for roll size:
- Very small (0-30 primary, 0-100 secondary)
- Small (31-100 primary, 101-400 secondary)
- Medium (101-300 primary, 401-800 secondary)
- Large (301-500 primary, 801-1500 secondary)
- Very large (501 primary, 1501 secondary).