Evaluation framework

The four principles of Te Whāriki underpin ERO’s evaluation framework. This evaluation examines the quality of assessment practices in early childhood services. ERO gathered and analysed information from services in response to the following evaluation questions: [10]

  • How well do educators develop and implement assessment policies and practices for the service?
  • To what extent do assessment practices reflect the four principles of Te Whāriki?
  • How well are children’s learning and development reflected in assessment?
  • How well does assessment information inform learning in the service?
  • To what extent do assessment practices contribute to ongoing self review?

Review officers made evaluative judgements based on the evidence found for indicators of good quality assessment for each of these key evaluation questions. [11]

ERO also reviewed how services supported educators to undertake assessment of children’s learning, for example through professional development and resourcing.