Appendix 1: Methodology

Sample

ERO evaluated the provision for gifted and talented students in all schools where ERO carried out an education review in Term 3 and Term 4, 2007. The types of schools, school locality (urban or rural) and decile ranges of the schools are shown in Tables 1 to 3 below.

Table 1: School types

School type Number Percentage of sample National percentage [25]
Full Primary (Y1-8) 131 42 44
Contributing (Y1-6) 112 36 32
Intermediate (Y7-8) 16 5 5
Special (Y1-15) 2 <1 2
Secondary (Y7-15) 10 3 4
Composite (Y1-15) 7 2 4
Restricted Composite (Y7-10) 2 <1 <1
Secondary (Y9-15) 35 11 9
Total 315 100 100

Table 1 shows that the types of schools in this sample are representative of national figures.

Table 2: School locality

Locality Number Percentage of sample National percentage
Urban 229 73 70
Rural 86 27 30
Total 315 100 100

Table 2 shows that the numbers of urban and rural schools in the sample is representative of national figures.

Table 3: School decile ranges

Decile [26] Number  Percentage of sample National percentage
Low decile (1-3) 72 23 30
Middle decile (4-7) 138 44 40
High decile (8-10) 105 33 30
Total 315 100 100

Table 3 shows that low decile schools in the sample were slightly under-represented, in comparison to national figures, but this difference was not statistically significant.[27]

Data collection

Data collected by ERO during on-site evaluations

During an education review, ERO collects information from a variety of sources including:

  • self-review information provided by the school;
  • school strategic plans;
  • school annual reports;
  • the board of trustees’ assurance of legal compliance (Board Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklist);
  • other documentation including information held by ERO; and
  • ERO’s institutional database.

During an education review ERO has discussions with:

  • members of the board;
  • the principal;
  • school managers;
  • school staff;
  • students;
  • the Friend of the School (if involved); and
  • members of the community (if appropriate).

For this evaluation ERO also considered information and observations from the following sources, gathered during the on-site part of the education review:

  • teachers’ work plans and assessment documents;
  • classroom and playground observations;
  • classroom and playground environments and displays;
  • samples of students’ work; and
  • teaching and learning resources for gifted and talented education.