The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services.
ERO’s reports are used by parents, teachers, early childhood education managers, school principals and trustees, and by government policy makers.
The Chief Review Officer formally designates individual review officers to carry out reviews in schools and early childhood centres. The functions and powers of the Chief Review Officer are described in Part 28, ss 325-328 of the Education Act 1989.
This Act gives the Chief Review Officer the power to initiate reviews, investigate, report and publish findings on the provision of education to all young New Zealanders.
ERO has approximately 150 designated review officers located in five regions: Northern-Te Tai Raki, Waikato/Bay of Plenty - Te Tai Miringa, Central-Te Tai Pokapū, Southern-Te Waipounamu, and Te Uepū ā-Motu, ERO’s Māori Review Services Unit.
ERO carries out several different types of reviews and evaluations - education reviews, homeschool reviews, cluster reviews of education institutions and services, contract evaluations and national evaluations on education topics.
Education reviews are reports to boards of trustees, managers of early childhood education services and the Government on the quality of education provided for children and students in individual centres and schools.
Schools and early childhood services are reviewed on average once every three years. Reviews will be more frequent where the performance of a school or centre is poor and there are risks to the education and safety of the students, or less frequent where a school has a stable reporting history and demonstrates good self review processes and use of its assessment information. ERO's reports on individual schools and early childhood services are freely available to the public. They are on this website, and you can ask for a hard copy from the individual school or early childhood service or from any ERO office.
ERO reviews the programmes for students exempted from enrolment at a registered school when requested by the Minister or Ministry of Education.
From time to time ERO undertakes reviews of education which look at groups or areas with common features. These have included reports on the performance of schools in a defined geographical area, and of particular populations of students such as boys.
ERO undertakes specific contracts with Crown agencies, such as the Ministry of Education.
ERO publishes national reports on specific education topics using evidence from its reviews. These are available under Publications on this website.
Under the Education Act 1989 (as amended by the Education Amendment Act 2015) a function of the Education Council is to:
“ensure that appraisals made by professional leaders for the issue and renewal of practising certificates achieve a reasonable and consistent standard, by auditing and moderating the appraisals made for at least 10 percent of the practising certificates issued or renewed in each year.’”
ERO has been contracted to carry out this work on behalf of the Education Council. More information on the audit can be found here.