Publications update February 2017

New publications



School trustees booklet: helping you ask the right questions

This booklet is for boards of trustees. It focuses on student achievement and wellbeing, and the role the board plays in these two areas. The booklet includes questions and information that will guide discussions with school leaders and trustees. Online only.



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Extending their language - expanding their world: Children’s oral language (birth-8 years)

Research evidence shows early in a child’s life is a critical time in terms of the rapid language development that takes place, particularly in the first two to three years. This evaluation investigated how effectively young children’s oral language learning and development were supported in their early years of education. Online only.



Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako resources

ERO has released three resources to help support Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako with a conceptual framework about what international evidence tells us about effective collaboration in education communities and draws together what ERO knows about Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako so far. Online only.

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Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako: Collaboration to improve learner outcomes



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Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako: Working towards collaborative practice



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Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako in action




Recently published

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School leadership that works

This is a must for school leaders, particularly less experienced school leaders who may be seeking to develop and grow their leadership by learning from the good practice of others. It cites key evidence from research and further illustrates the recently published ERO School Evaluation Indicators. Printed copies available. 

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Early learning curriculum: what’s important and what works

This retrospective study synthesises findings from 17 national reports about curriculum implementation in early learning services, published over the last 10 years. Across these evaluations we have collected examples of effective practices by early learning services as they design, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of their curriculum. We share some of these examples again in this report. Printed copies available.

 Effective internal evaluation for improvement

Effective internal evaluation for improvement

This revised booklet is useful for any organisation interested in internal evaluation for improvement. This overview of the processes and reasoning involved in effective internal evaluation for improvement draws on a recently published resource Effective Internal Evaluation – How to do and use internal evaluation for improvement (2015). Printed copies available.


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School Evaluation Indicators

ERO first introduced evaluation indicators in 2003, revising them in 2010. They reflect a deepening understanding of how schools improve, and the role that evaluation plays in that process. It also reflects a strengthened relationship between ERO’s approaches to evaluation in English-medium and Māori-medium settings. Printed copies available.


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Child Youth and Family Residential Schools

Students in Child Youth and Family (CYF) residential schools are among the most vulnerable in New Zealand, and present with multiple high and complex needs. ERO evaluated the quality of education at the CYF residential schools.


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