Internal evaluation requires boards, leaders and teachers to engage in deliberate, systematic processes and reasoning, with improved outcomes for all learners as the aim.

This good practice report showcases 13 schools and how they've used internal evaluation to change their practice to support students to achieve. The findings from this report have informed the joint Ministry of Education and ERO resource Effective School Evaluation: How to do and use internal evaluation for improvement.

As these examples show, internal evaluation is about asking questions and digging deep into data and evidence. The schools in this report identified where student achievement was not good enough, investigated, made sense of it, took action and then evaluated the impact of their action. They were relentless, where their actions did not work, they took different actions. They were ambitious for each and every learner.

What these schools did is replicable - these stories will inspire principals, boards and teachers to identify every child and young person underachieving or at risk of underachieving and work out how to improve their educational outcomes.

Page 10 of Effective School Evaluation says: "The whole point of internal evaluation is to assess what is and is not working, and for whom, and then to determine what changes are needed, particularly to advance equity and excellence goals. Much more than a technical process, evaluation is deeply influenced by the school's values and how it sees its role in the community. Effective internal evaluation is always driven by the motivation to improve, to do better for the students.”

Collectively, this report, the Effective School Evaluation resource and the School Evaluation Indicators tell you what's important and how to go about achieving positive student outcomes.

Iona Holsted

Chief Review Officer 

Education Review Office

November 2015