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Aromatawai – Assessment in te reo Māori

Kura and Māori-medium settings using Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are required to identify and report on the progress and achievement of their year 1–8 students in kōrero, pānui, tuhituhi and pāngarau and across the curriculum. A key issue for the Māori-medium sector is the limited number of valid and reliable assessment tools and items that teachers can use to inform overall teacher judgement in the assessment process. There are a number of assessment tools available, and others in development. 

Here we provide links to available assessment tools and reports on assessment in te reo Māori.

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Aromatawai and Reporting Guidance

Cover of Aromatawai and reporting guide

As part of their ongoing support for kura and Māori medium settings, the Ministry has developed Aromatawai and Reporting Guidance for Kura and Māori-medium Settings.

The new guidance material provides information to assist and enhance kaiako understanding of ākonga learning and success, and guidance on reporting ākonga progress and achievement.

The new guidance material uses the principles of Rukuhia Rarangahia to provide a solid foundation to assist kaiako enhance their understanding of ako and the aromatawai approach. This will help kaiako to assess how well ākonga are learning, and to examine how well the kura is supporting the community’s aspirations.

The Aromatawai and Reporting Guidance for Kura and Māori-medium Settings guidance document is available from the start of term 4, 2018 at: http://tmoa.tki.org.nz/Mataiako/Rukuhia-Rarangahia

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Assessment resources map

This map shows currently available tools for assessment of learning in te reo Māori.

Assessment resources map – Māori-medium – Pānui, Tuhituhi, Kōrero and Pāngarau

Word 2007 icon. Assmt Resources Map - Māori-medium - Pānui, Tuhituhi, Kōrero, Pāngarau - March 2017 (Word 2007 40 KB)

Find all the assessment resources maps, Māori and English medium.

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Te rārangi rauemi aromatawai ā-motu

The website of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa has a page that comprehensively lists available Māori medium assessment tools.

The draft list of literacy and numeracy assessment tools for use in Māori-medium settings is presented as the most comprehensive list of this type. The list specifies the learning area (Pānui, Tuhituhi, Kōrero or Pāngarau) of each tool and includes information about suitability of tools to year levels and immersion levels.

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Using the MASAM framework at Papakowhai School

Papakowhai School, for students in years 1–8, is situated in Papakowhai, Porirua. The roll of 425, includes 57 students who identify as Māori. 

Principal Mark Smith tells how the school uses the MASAM self review framework to help ensure they are delivering a culturally responsive curriculum. He explains how the framework has supported his school’s journey in enabling Māori students to achieve success as Māori. Mark offers advice to other schools wanting to develop the framework to guide their own self review.

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Education for Māori – Using information to improve Māori educational success

This June 2016, report carried out by the Office of the Auditor-General, focuses on the use of information across the education sector to support Māori educational success. Although Māori educational achievement is improving overall, the report finds results for Māori students from roughly similar communities, being educated in roughly similar settings and circumstances, are very different. The report reinforces that schools must collect, analyse, and use information about Māori students to ensure that they are doing everything they can to give Māori students the best chance at a great education.

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Assessment tool selector

A resource for teachers and schools to help them select the most appropriate assessment tool to suit their particular purpose. The selector gives information about assessment tools most frequently used in New Zealand schools, in every area of the curriculum up to and including year 10, allows teachers to compare different tools, and advises on whether commonly used assessment tools are available in te reo Māori.

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Te aromatawai – NZ Maths

The NZMaths website has a page that outlines te reo Māori assessment resources in maths

Each tool is described in te reo Māori and linked to the resource itself.

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Papakāinga tauaromahi te reo Māori

Exemplars shell te reo Māori.

Te reo Māori, pāngarau, pūtaiao, hangarau, tikanga ā-iwi, ngā toi, and hauora exemplars are available online, as part of the Curriculum  Exemplar project of 2002.

Please be aware that these exemplars relate to the curriculum levels and achievement objectives described in the previous New Zealand Curriculum, published in 1994. These, and the progressions of learning described, may not correspond with those described in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

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Rukuhia, Rarangahia (2011)

Rukuhia, Rarangahia invites us to delve into and seek out the essence and elements of aromatawai to help guide our decision-making about learning and teaching for Māori ākonga in Māori medium contexts. 

This paper was commissioned by the Ministry of Education with the express task of presenting a Māori medium assessment position. A team of writers and contributors made up of experienced practitioners and leaders with explicit skills, knowledge and expertise of pedagogy, effective teacher practices, mātauranga Māori and aromatawai were invited to participate in a series of hui and wānanga in the development of this paper.

Rukuhia, Rarangahia was developed and written using collaborative approaches by the following:

Tuteira Pōhatu, Mereana Anderson, Margie Hohepa, Hūrae White, Laura Hawkesworth, Renae Savage, Ella Newbold, Nan Wehipeihana and Frances Goulton, with editorial support from Melissa Brewerton. 

Pēhia ki raro iho nei kia toro atu ki te pepa.

PDF icon. Rukuhia Rarangahia - MoE position paper (PDF 4 MB)

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