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Participating in national study opens window into curriculum for teachers

Teacher assessors are integral to the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement. As well as playing a vital role in the project, teachers who participate often experience professional learning benefits.

NZQA and SoNET working to deliver digital NCEA examinations

NZQA has partnered with SoNET to help deliver NCEA examinations online.

Tomorrow’s Schools Review: All you need to know about the proposed education shake-up

The Tomorrow's Schools Taskforce report includes recommendations for major change.

Floating classroom helps connect to whakapapa

Students in Gisborne are reconnecting with their identity, language and culture with the help of a ‘floating classroom’ through a partnership between the local community and schools in the Tairāwhiti region.

‘No rush into NCEA changes’ – Education Minister Chris Hipkins

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says there is still no agreement on how to change the senior school exam system and it will not change before 2020 "at the earliest".

Teacher’s YouTube channel takes the jargon out of assessment language

If the thought of deciphering your child’s report gives you a headache and you don’t know your 4b for reading from your 2a, 2b or 2p in maths, a new YouTube channel explaining assessment language could be for you.

NCEA workload – the elephant in the classroom

Submissions on the NCEA Review have just closed, but do the ‘Big Opportunities’ outlined by the review really address the workloads caused by NCEA? Soumya Bhamidipati talks to a teacher and student about their thoughts on workload, assessment and the way we learn and teach.

Doing it once, doing it right: Reducing NCEA overassessment

Secondary school students in New Zealand undergo multiple assessments to obtain an NCEA qualification. Soumya Bhamidipati talks to Principal Maurie Abraham about what it would mean to have a singular assessment at the end of a student’s educational journey instead.

Mental dexterity: the case for learning a second language

We’ve all heard that learning another language is supposed to be beneficial. Jaylan Boyle steps outside the political debate and looks at what the experts have to say on the subject.

The importance of incorporating te reo Māori into the curriculum

It is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and as the Green Party calls again for Te Reo Māori to be a core curriculum subject by 2025, Jody Hopkinson looks at examples where our first language is being honoured.
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