Next steps

Leaders and teachers should give greater priority to creating the conditions under which Years 9 and 10 students can experience success at school in literacy and mathematics. To achieve this ERO recommends that:

  • school leaders review the extent to which teachers are making use of literacy and mathematics assessment information to plan, implement and review the curriculum, and make improvements on the basis of their findings
  • boards of trustees and school leaders set, regularly monitor, and respond to, targets for learners whose literacy and mathematics achievement and progress needs to be accelerated
  • teachers establish learning-focused partnerships with students that build students' capacity to take increased responsibility for aspects of their literacy and mathematics learning.

ERO recommends that the Ministry of Education:

  • continues to promote The New Zealand Curriculum vision of literacy and language teaching being the responsibility of all teachers
  • clarifies for secondary schools the expectations for monitoring student achievement and progress at Years 9 and 10, and the use of students’ achievement information to plan programmes that take account of their learning needs and strengths
  • provides professional development and resources that support teachers to understand and meet the literacy and language, and the numeracy demands of their particular learning area
  • continues to focus professional development for teachers and leaders on effectively using assessment information to plan and review the school’s curriculum to support individual Years 9 and 10 student’s to make progress and achieve success.