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Commonly used assessment resources – an overview

There is considerable demand on schools and teachers to gather dependable and useful assessment information on their students' progress and achievement. This information on commonly used assessment tools and resources in New Zealand schools will help you better understand how they work.

Judicious use of these tools will help with:

  • pinpointing learning successes and challenges for your students, and determining next steps
  • informing teacher professional judgments of individual students' progress and achievement
  • providing evidence for tracking individual, class, and school wide progress
  • clarity for teachers' when thinking about curriculum progressions for their students.

Further details about these, as well as many other standardised and non-standardised assessment tools from New Zealand and overseas, are available to browse. We advise that you read the Assessment fundamentals section of the section Selecting an assessment tool for background information on assessment.

A standardised assessment is a snapshot in time, and results can be affected by a large number of factors. For this reason, results from formal assessment tools should be used in conjunction with observations in the classroom to make a judgment on a student’s progress and achievement.

Assessment tools and resources commonly used in New Zealand classrooms are: