This evaluation involved 237 schools where ERO carried out an education review in Terms 3 and 4, 2010. Information about the types of schools, their roll size, locality (urban or rural) and decile rating groups are included in Appendix 2.

ERO gathered the data for this evaluation in the context of the major evaluation question for education reviews in 2010:[3]

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

The questions used in this evaluation are in Appendix 1.

All data was collected by ERO review officers in the normal course of their review activities. ERO’s Framework for School Reviews sets out the process for education reviews.[4]