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.
Accountability and Trust
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
New Zealand schools
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)