Appendix 2: Methodology

ERO gathered data for this evaluation in the context of the major evaluation question for education reviews in schools: [18]

How effectively does this school’s curriculum promote student learning - engagement, progress and achievement?

The evaluation framework for this evaluation included the following questions.

  • How effectively is the school’s mathematics curriculum designed, enacted and reviewed to respond to the strengths and needs of all students and accelerate their progress and raise achievement?
  • To what extent is achievement information in relation to the Mathematics National Standards used by trustees to inform governance decisions?
  • To what extent is achievement information in relation to the Mathematics National Standards used by school leaders to inform curriculum decisions?
  • To what extent is achievement information in relation to the Mathematics National Standards used by teachers to inform their teaching?
  • To what extent is achievement information in relation to the Mathematics National Standards understood and used by students to inform their next steps in learning?
  • How are teachers accelerating the progress of students who are working below or well below the Mathematics National Standards?

All data was collected by ERO review officers in the normal review activities.

ERO’s Framework for School Reviews sets out the process for education reviews. [19]

Indicators to guide review officer judgements were drawn from ERO’s Evaluation Indicators for School Reviews. [20]

The framework for self review in Appendix 3 has been developed from ERO’s evaluation indicators.