ERO collected data from all secondary and composite schools (excluding those in Auckland City) that had a regular education review in Term 3 and the first three weeks of Term 4, 2015. This totalled 35 schools.
The overall evaluation question was:
> How well are schools using Vocational Pathways to help provide students with a relevant, responsive curriculum?
While onsite, reviewers drew on evidence from meetings, interviews, observations and document analysis to answer the following investigative questions:
> How is the school community aware of and using Vocational Pathways?
> How are Vocational Pathways affecting students in this school?
> How are Vocational Pathways influencing the school's curriculum?
> What successes and challenges has the school had with using Vocational Pathways?
A specialist review team then revisited seven schools identified as actively implementing aspects of Vocational Pathways in Term 4, 2015.
Demographic information about the schools in this evaluation is included in Appendix 1.