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Narrative Assessment

Narrative Assessment A guide for teachers - cover.

Narrative Assessment: A guide for teachers (2009) was designed to help teachers assess ākonga learning and progress.  

Narrative assessment provides a rich picture of ākonga skills, strengths, and learning support needs. It uses learning stories to capture progress and record the connections between ākonga, their learning environments, their peers, and their learning activities.  

Narrative Assessment is useful when engaging with parents and whānau, so that those who know ākonga best can collaborate in planning next steps. It can also be useful when developing Individual Education Plans.  

Its original intention was to provide exemplars and guidance for specialist, resource, and classroom teachers working with ākonga who require extra support, but this approach is relevant to all ākonga. Teachers can use the information gathered when considering possible next learning steps for ākonga and when reflecting on their own teaching.   

Narrative Assessment helps answer 3 questions: 

  • What might learning look like for students working predominantly within level 1 of The 2007 New Zealand Curriculum - or anywhere within the curriculum?  
  • How might this learning be noticed, recognised, and responded to?  
  • What features of ākonga environments support this learning? 

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PDF icon. Narrative assessment: A guide for teachers (2009) (PDF 2 MB)

This resource was originally hosted by the Ministry of Education on the Through Different Eyes website. The exemplars that were created for the Through Different Eyes website are no longer accessible separately, but the guide includes some examples of learning stories. 

Research and Evaluation of Narrative Assessment  

The Research and Evaluation of Narrative Assessment and Curriculum Exemplars for Students with Special Education Needs (2010) was conducted over a three-year period (2007–2009). Its purpose was to evaluate the development of exemplars and the introduction of professional development and learning for teachers in the use of learning stories, and to collect baseline data on current assessment practices used in primary and secondary schools for students with high and very high educational needs. 

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PDF icon. Research and Evaluation of Narrative Assessment (2010) (PDF 3 MB)