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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 or browse a list to find the tools available for their purpose. 

"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. There are two versions, for years 4-6 and years 7–10. It has national norms for specific items, including an “engagement scale” that locates students on a continuum of engagement.

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