National Evaluation Topics

ERO Education Reviews 

National Evaluation Topics (NETS) are decided from time to time. ERO gathers information on these topics during its reviews of individual schools and early childhood services, for a specified period. Usually, ERO will collate and analyse the information on these topics from individual reviews for a national evaluation report, which will be published on this website.

The topics chosen for national evaluations in Education Reviews need to reflect current issues. We do not make final decisions until a month or so before the beginning of the next school term. Topics are posted on this website. Findings are included in individual review reports.

Some information will be gathered through questionnaires we ask you to fill out before the review. The questionnaires are on ERO’s website or will be provided to you by your review coordinator.

Current National Evaluation Topics 

Science in the Early Years

In Term 3, 2019, ERO will evaluate how well kaiako/teachers in the early years promote children’s development of the foundations for ongoing learning in science. We will do this in all regular reviews of early learning services and schools with students in Years 1 to 4 during Term 3. In a sample of schools, there will be a more in-depth evaluation of the provision of science education. These schools will be advised of their inclusion in this sample. Some early learning services that demonstrate good practice relating to science may be invited to participate in a more in-depth case study later in the year.

Information for services - Science in the Early Years

Information for schools - Science in the Early Years

Science in Secondary Schools

To gain insights about the provision of science education in New Zealand schools, ERO is evaluating the quality of science teaching and learning in Years 9 to 11. 

Information for secondary schools - Science Years 9 to 11


If you have any queries please contact your local ERO office or email.