Relevant Reports and Research
There is a wealth of information available to assist boards in their governance role. On these pages, you will find links to some of the external research NZSTA has used to underpin our advocacy for member boards. The links provided here are intended as a useful starting point, not a complete list.
Education specific agencies
New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) - NZCER is an independent educational research organisation with a bicultural focus. They have an international reputation for producing quality educational research and research-based resources.
Education Counts for information to do with educational statistics and research in New Zealand.
OECD seeks to develop and review policies to enhance the efficiency and the effectiveness of education provisions and the equity with which their benefits are shared. Strategies include thematic reviews in specific policy areas, and collecting detailed statistical information on education systems, including measures of the competence levels of individuals.
ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the United States Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
Accountability and trust
- 2002 Reith Lectures. Baroness Onora O'Neill (UK)
Lecture 1: Spreading Suspicion
Lecture 2: Trust and Terror
Lecture 3: Called to Account
Lecture 4: Trust and Transparency
Lecture 5: Licence to Deceive
- Whither Accountability? Working Paper No.18 - State Services Commission, 2003. (NZ)
- The economics of happiness: Building genuine wealth (Anielski, 2007)
- The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. (Wilson & Pickett, 2009)
- Working Towards Higher Living Standards for New Zealanders. (NZ Treasury, May 2011)
- Economic Leadership: When Business Isn't Usual. Speech by Gabriel Makhlouf. (NZ Treasury. Mar 2012.)
- Treasury's Advice on Lifting Student Achievement in New Zealand: Evidence Brief. (NZ Treasury, Mar 2012.)
- Article on Education by Secretary to the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf. 27 Mar 2012
- How do Effective Schools Manage Their Finances (NZ Council for Educational Research, 2004)
- An Increasing tightness - pressure points for schools' financial management. (NZ Council for Educational Research, 2005)
- School Funding Study: Update. (NZ Council for Educational Research, 2006) (Not available online)
- Review of Schools' Operational Funding (Ministry of Education, 2006) (Not available online)
- Schools' Use of Operational Funding (ERO, 2006) (Not available online)
- Schools' Use of Operational Funding: Case Studies (ERO, June 2007)
- Pilot Survey of School Finances (Polson Higgs, 2008) (Not available online)
Future of education
- Changing Education Paradigms (TED talks - YouTube video)
- An extremely good animation of a talk by Sir Ted Robinson about the way various countries are trying to change
- education from 19th-century to 21st-century ways of thinking.
- Experiments in self-teaching (TED talks - YouTube video)
- Professor Sugata Mitra has conducted a series of experiments to see how far children with no formal education can
- teach themselves from a computer with no adult intervention. The results are astounding.
Governance and leadership
- School Governance: Board of Trustees Stocktake (NZ School Trustees Association, 2008) (pdf) (Members only)
- Reports from the Crombie Lockwood - Vero Scholarships
- New Zealand Country Report on Improving School Leadership (OECD, 2007) (pdf)
University of Bath research papers
- The School Governance study (Balarin, 2008)
- The "hidden givers": a study of school governing bodies in England (James, 2010) (pdf)
The Lighthouse Study - Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB)
Do some school boards create higher student achievement than others? The results of a groundbreaking research study, the Lighthouse Inquiry, by the Iowa Association of School Boards indicate that school boards in high-achieving districts are significantly different in their knowledge and beliefs than school boards in low-achieving districts. And, this difference appears to carry through among administrators and teachers throughout the districts.
Education Review Office (NZ)
- Framework for School Reviews (ERO, 2010)
The Framework for School Reviews was first published in 2002. This 2011 version reflects new review methodology and aligns with the government's new directions for the future. It complements ERO's Evaluation Indicators for School Reviews
- Evaluation Indicators for School Reviews (ERO, 2011)
The Education Review Office independently evaluates the quality of education in schools and early childhood services and reports on these publicly. Evaluation indicators are a tool used to inform the judgements that ERO review officers make when conducting these evaluations.
ERO - Framework for School Reviews Human Rights
This is a 4-page summary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, without all the legal language. Provided by UNICEF.
The full English language text of the Declaration.
Human Rights Commission reports
- Disabled Children's Right to Education (2009)
- School violence, bullying and abuse - a human rights analysis
- Structural Discrimination: a fair go for all?
See pages 28-33 for structural discrimination in education.
OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
PISA 2009 at a Glance (OECD, 2010)
Every three years PISA surveys 15-year-olds in the principal industrialised countries and assesses how far students have acquired knowledge and skills considered essential for full participation in society.
McKinsey & Co
- How the world's best-performing school systems come out on top (2007)
- How the world's most improved school systems keep getting better (2010)
New Zealand schools
- NZ Council for Educational Research (NZCER)
- NZCER Research reports
- NZCER National Surveys
- National Standards - Thinking wider about sources of evidence (NZCER, 2010) - Members only
- Paper on schools' use of ultra-fast broadband (UFB)
- Commerce Commission paper on schools' use of ultra-fast broadband (UFB)
- New Zealand (Tomorrow's Schools /"Picot Report" 1988-89
- Australia ( "Gonski Report". Review of Funding for Schooling.) 2011.
Cumulative and residual effects of teachers on future student academic achievement. (W. Sanders & J Rivers, 1996)
Whakarongo Mai - Roll and Purpose (1.8 MB)
Political party education reports
- Real Education Project report (pdf) (Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, 2011 )
- Step Change: Success the only Option (pdf) Report of the Inter-Party Working Group for School Choice (ACT, National & Māori Party, 2010)
- Free to Learn: A report on policy options relating to the funding and regulation of schools that will increase parental choice and school autonomy in New Zealand. (pdf) (ACT, 2010)