Foreword

The Education Review Office (ERO) is an independent government department that reviews the performance of New Zealand’s schools and early childhood services, and reports publicly on what it finds.

The whakataukī of ERO demonstrates the importance we place on the educational achievement of our children and young people:

Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa The Child – the Heart of the Matter

In our daily work we have the privilege of going into early childhood services and schools, giving us a current picture of what is happening throughout the country. We collate and analyse this information so that it can be used to benefit the education sector and, therefore, the children in our education system. ERO’s reports contribute sound information for work undertaken to support the Government’s policies.

In this evaluation ERO used the mathematics learning area and associated standards to look at what schools were doing to raise the achievement of students in Years 4 to 8. The findings showed that schools were very good at identifying learners who were achieving below the mathematics standards, but that accelerating their progress was challenging for most schools. The report outlines the features of schools which are making good use of mathematics achievement information, or have a highly effective approach to reviewing and adapting the mathematics curriculum to respond to their priority learners. There are several recommendations for school trustees, leaders and teachers, and the Ministry of Education.

Successful delivery in education relies on many people and organisations across the community working together for the benefit of children and young people. We trust the information in ERO’s evaluations will help them in their work.

Dr Graham Stoop Chief Review Officer

Education Review Office

February 2013