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National Standards

National Standards came into effect in English-medium schools with students in years 1-8 in 2010. The standards set clear expectations that students need to meet in reading, writing and mathematics in the first eight years at school.
The standards describe reference points or signposts of achievement at each year level. Assessing progress and achievement in relation to the standards has been an integral part of teaching and learning across the New Zealand Curriculum since 2010.

The research articles listed in the sections below were used as background papers in the development of the National Standards.

Research articles published since the introduction of National Standards include:

National Standards, moderation and teacher learning (2011)

This paper, by Rosemary Hipkins and Edith Hodgen, discusses an analysis of teacher survey responses about school moderation practice in relation to its use in professional learning, and considers the implications of the findings in the light of a literature review on moderation and teacher learning that has recently been undertaken. The paper was presented at the Symposium on Assessment and Learner Outcomes, Wellington, September 1-3, 2011.

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How do teachers make overall teacher judgments? (2010)

This research investigation by Kerry Mitchell and Dr Jenny Poskitt explores teacher understandings of Overall Teacher Judgments in primary schools, and how teachers are applying OTJs in the classroom and school.

PDF icon. How do teachers make overall teacher judgements (PDF 715 KB)

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