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.

As part of its evaluation of board employment responsibilities, ERO evaluated principal appraisal and its contribution to the principal’s development, improved teaching, and improved student outcomes.

Principal appraisal is a very important role for school trustees. When effective, the appraisal process is a pivotal part of a system of improvement. The challenge is for boards to implement an appraisal process that moves beyond principal development to the wider strategic goals of improved teaching and learning.

Students’ success 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.

Rob McIntosh

Chief Review Officer (Acting)

Education Review Office

May 2014