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School assessment – is it time to change NCEA and National Standards?

With issues surrounding moderation, consistency and ranking continuing to plague NCEA and National Standards, JUDE BARBACK considers some ideas touted to bring more relevancy, meaning and fairness to our national models of assessment.

Student app: NCEA Pal

Education Review looks at an app that is helping students keep track of their NCEA credits.

Play-based learning: producing critical, creative and innovative thinkers.

STEPHANIE MENZIES enters a plea to bring play back into the classroom.

Beyond the decile system

Many in the education sector believe the decile system isn’t working. Even the Minister of Education calls it “a blunt instrument”, and says she’d like to ditch it. Exactly what’s wrong with deciles, and can they be fixed? asks ELIZABETH McLEOD.

Technology in early childhood education

FILIPE PRIETO shares his experience and findings on how technology can be used to great effect in early childhood education (ECE) settings.

Play based learning: producing critical, creative and innovative thinkers

STEPHANIE MENZIES enters a plea to bring play back into the classroom.

Opinion: no ‘easy credits’ with vocational pathways

Industry Training Federation chief executive JOSH WILLIAMS says we need to look beyond pass rates and focus on the doors that NCEA can open for students.

Note sharing: cheating the system or yourself?

JUDE BARBACK looks at the rise of note-sharing sites and the tenuous legal and ethical questions they raise for universities.

The end of the Aussie fee-free PhD (and what it means for NZ)

Australia is about to start charging postgraduate researchers fees. Does the change signal an end to the Kiwi PhD brain drain? JUDE BARBACKS reports.

New Zealand universities stable in world rankings

The positioning of New Zealand universities in the 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings, released today, remains stable; however, an overall lack of improvement suggests more investment is needed for universities to be globally competitive.
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