Appendix 3: ERO's evaluation framework

ERO invited 12 schools to contribute to this report following consultation with the Ministry and regional ERO offices. This consultation identified schools that reference The New Zealand Curriculum. The schools referred to the NZC in curriculum outlines on their websites and in school prospectus information.

The schools were selected because they had made clear connections between the curriculum and the key competencies of NZC in their school documentation.

Two evaluators visited the schools to discuss the vision, programmes, planning and outcomes for students with senior and middle leaders, teachers and students. The evaluators also considered school documentation of systems and self-evaluation. They evaluated the successes and challenges identified in the selected secondary schools in relation to their use of NZC and NCEA to design senior programmes, and considered how senior courses provided opportunities for students to engage in deep curriculum and conceptual learning across subjects. 

Evaluation framework and evaluation prompts

The evaluation addressed the following overall evaluation question:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Framework for on-site discussion:

The evaluation drew on indicators of effective practice from all six domains outlined in the School Evaluation Indicators: Effective Practice for improvement and Learner Success.

The investigation focused on the following four aspects: 

Chart with senior secondary curriculum in centre and aspects that contribute

The following questions were used to prompt relevant, detailed and useful information about the school’s policy and practice, with an emphasis on ‘why’, what’ and ‘how’ decisions were made, systems put in place to support the curriculum, and how the school would continue to develop its curriculum.

Questions/prompts for leaders

  • Tell us about the rationale behind changes and decision you have made at senior course levels.
  • Tell us about the features of your school’s curriculum and how these work for your students and community.
  • Tell us how you went about developing and implementing the current curriculum.
  • How have you involved the students and community in the development and implementation of your curriculum?
  • What successes and challenges have you experienced during the development implementation of the curriculum?
  • How do you manage ongoing review and development of your curriculum?
  • What do you know about how well the curriculum is benefitting students?
  • What future possibilities are there for your curriculum design and implementation?

Questions/prompt for teachers

  • What is your understanding of this school’s senior curriculum-how it relates to the school’s vision and strategic direction?
  • How were you involved in the development of the curriculum?

Question for career teacher/s

  • How does the career advice and guidance programme in your school contribute to:

-          course planning, particularly at senior levels of the school, and

-          guidance for individual students about their learning pathway, at school and beyond?

Questions/prompts for students

  • Tell us how you chose your school courses and your experience of assessment and the senior curriculum.