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Assessment and data-gathering tools

Many assessment tools are available for teachers, particularly those in English-medium contexts. The Ministry of Education’s assessment site enables teachers to search, select, compare, and, in some cases, download tools for assessing students in many areas of the curriculum. The site gives information about the curriculum areas different tools are aligned with and, where relevant, how the tools relate to the National Standards.


Some tools use templates or recording sheets that can be very powerful in helping teachers to pinpoint individual students’ achievements. The examples in the list below have a proven record within national professional development and research projects. They include some particularly relevant tools available through the TKI assessment site and elsewhere.

Using Evidence for Learning

Using Evidence for Learning provides an excellent central point for understanding the collection and analysis of high-quality evidence. The resource uses the inquiry cycle model, and teachers can work in any part of the cycle to learn more about how to gather, aggregate, interpret, present, and share information about students’ learning. It also covers setting targets for improving student achievement.

Assessment tool selector

As its name suggests, the Assessment tool selector supports teachers and schools to select from the more formal assessment tools available to year 1–10 teachers in New Zealand schools. Users can search through categories to find the tools available for their purpose or browse through the alphabetical listing to go directly to a tool that interests them. The tool selector provides information about assessment fundamentals as well as background information about each tool. 

Assessment resources maps

(This resource is currently offline, it will be reinstated soon.)

The Assessment resource maps provide an overall picture of the year or curriculum levels assessment tools are fit for and the most frequently used tools in New Zealand schools for reading, writing, and mathematics.


e-asTTle is the online version of asTTle, widely used to assess student achievement in literacy and numeracy in both English and Māori.

Global Strategy Stage Assessment (GloSS)

GloSS provides an interview process and supporting forms to quickly identify the stage students have reached in number strategies (the mental processes they use to estimate answers and solve operational problems with numbers). The tool includes recording sheets for tracking each student’s progress over time, descriptors for expected levels of achievement, and project books for each strategy to help decide next steps for each student.

"Me and My School" Survey

The "Me and My School survey" from NZCER is designed to assess three aspects of student engagement: behavioural, emotional, and cognitive. It focuses on years 7–10 because students go through considerable upheaval during this period, including social and physical changes and school transitions. It has national norms for specific items, including an “engagement scale” that locates students on a continuum of engagement.

The LPDP Curriculum Expectations Chart

The Curriculum Expectations Chart can help teachers and school leaders to understand the New Zealand Curriculum cohort expectations for students at each year level. Schools use this information to decide where they need to make changes to ensure that their students have the same opportunities to access the curriculum as students in other New Zealand schools.

The chart informs conversations around data that can be challenging for school communities as they identify areas where improvement is needed, but it also provides valuable feedback to teachers and school leaders as they develop a shared understanding of how their students are progressing from the beginning to the end of the year. Integrated into schools’ cycles of self-review, this tool can inform both teaching decisions and planning for professional learning.

The LPDP Focus Student Learning Profile

The Literacy Professional Development Project Focus Student Learning Profile can be used to develop templates on which teachers can record detailed information about the literacy learning of small groups of focus students. Teachers can use the templates to record evidence from a wide range of sources and to monitor changes in the students’ achievement over time. Teachers can also bring the sheets to monitoring meetings with other staff members, using them to support discussion about how the students are doing and what the next steps are for them.

The LPDP Wedge Graph

The Literacy Professional Development Project Wedge Graph enables teachers to monitor children’s reading progress in their first 100 weeks at school. Junior teachers and school leaders enter their students’ reading levels in relation to instructional texts that the students have seen before. The graph enables them to see “at a glance” the rates of progress of individual students. The wedge graph is discussed on page 136 of the School Leadership and Student Outcomes BES.

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