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 KaupapaThe 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.

This report presents the findings of ERO’s evaluation of schools’ approaches to teacher appraisal. Using online surveys of principals and information which we gathered from 200 school reviews, we evaluated the quality of teacher appraisal systems in schools.

The report highlights the characteristics of schools with high quality appraisal systems. Our findings show that many schools are yet to introduce appraisal systems that contribute to improving teacher capability and student outcomes. Based on our findings, we make several recommendations for the Ministry of Education, school leaders and boards of trustees. The report can also inform the workshops on teacher appraisal which the New Zealand Teachers Council has recently been undertaking. 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