This evaluation involved 439 schools where ERO carried out an education review in Terms 1, 2 and 3, 2011. The types of schools, and their roll size, locality (urban or rural) and decile group are in Appendix 1.

ERO gathered data for this evaluation in the context of the major evaluation question for education reviews in 2011: [2]

How effectively does this school’s curriculum promote student learning - engagement, progress and achievement?

The questions used in this evaluation are in Appendix 2.

All data was collected by ERO review officers in the normal review activities. ERO’s Framework for School Reviews sets out the process for education reviews. [3]

Criteria were developed to guide review officers in making judgements about the extent to which trustees, school leaders and teachers were working with the National Standards in their respective roles. The criteria are set out in Appendix 3.