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Professional learning

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This section of Assessment Online provides information relating to professional learning and development on assessment in New Zealand classrooms and schools.


Ministry of Education Professional Learning and Development

Major changes to centrally-funded Professional Learning And Development (PLD) were made at the beginning of 2017.

A few facts:

  • Centrally funded PLD is focussed on building equity and excellence in a small number of priority areas.
  • It is allocated regionally by a panel that includes sector representatives.
  • You are able to apply every term. Dates are available here.
  • The Area Allocation panel will be looking for evidence that you used a comprehensive inquiry process to develop your proposal.
  • You will select a facilitator from an online panel and work with that facilitator to develop a programme of work.

For advice on applying for centrally-funded PLD, read these Ministry of Education Factsheets on PLD.

Self review, planning and reporting

These online and downloadable resources from ERO and the Ministry of Education websites support schools and teachers with self review, planning, and reporting.

Assessment and reporting guide

Our Assessment Online section called Assessment and reporting guide contains information for schools who are seeking to review their systems and processes for curriculum review, assessment and reporting to parents.

Leading Local Curriculum Guide series

In order to support the progress of all students, the Leading Local Curriculum Guide 


has been developed to deliberately steer your curriculum and assessment review and design decisions as you strengthen your local curriculum. It will support you to use tools to assess progress that is informative, and strengthen the partnerships you have with parents and whānau. There are three guides: Local curriculum, Assessment for learning and Information sharing and building learning partnerships.

School evaluation indicators: Effective practice for improvement and learner success

The School evaluation indicators identify six domains that have the most significant influence on improving student outcomes.  The effective practice indicators reflect new research and evidence about what really works to achieve equity and excellence.  

Effective school evaluation: How to do and use internal evaluation for improvement

This guide to using internal evaluation for improvement purposes is published jointly by ERO and the Ministry of Education as a companion to School Evaluation Indicators: Effective practice for improvement and learner success, and is supported by Internal Evaluation: good practice.

Internal evaluation: good practice

This good practice report showcases 13 schools and how they've used internal evaluation to change their practice to support students to achieve. The findings from this report have informed the joint Ministry of Education and ERO resource Effective School Evaluation: How to do and use internal evaluation for improvement.

Planning and reporting

Schools' planning and reporting

School planning and reporting are important processes to raise student achievement. This section of the Ministry of Education's website provides guidelines and other information to help schools develop the planning and reporting documents.

Assessment Online uLearn presentations

Share these workshop presentations from recent uLearn presentations with your colleagues, and/or use them to help you improve your assessment understanding and practice. 


uLearn 2018 - Assessment and reporting in the post-National Standards era

Presenters: Adrienne Carlisle and Brenda Crozier

This PP presentation is based on A Practical Guide to Assessment and Reporting, a new section on Assessment Online commissioned by The Ministry of Education. They had received feedback indicating that many schools were uncertain about what assessment and reporting might look like in the post National Standards era.

Download the slide presentation:

Assessment and reporting in the post-National Standards era

uLearn 2016 – Using data to transform teaching and learning

Presenters: Adrienne Carlisle and Brenda Crozier

What data does your school collect? What use do you make of it? Does the analysis support your teachers to improve teaching and learning? This ULearn workshop showed delegates ways to use evidence for learning. It took them through through data gathering, manipulation, and analysis, and showed them how to transform the results into targeted teaching.

Download the slide presentation:

Using data to transform teaching and learning (PowerPoint 2007 4 MB)

For further information contact: assessment@tki.org.nz

uLearn 2015 – Resources to improve teaching and learning

Presenters: Brenda Crozier and Anna Sullivan

Assessment Online on TKI offers a wide range of information on how leaders and teachers can use assessment to enhance teaching and learning.

The ULearn workshop assisted delegates to navigate quickly and easily within the Assessment Online website and find a wealth of tools and resources that include data interpretation tutorials, PowerPoint presentations for in-school professional learning, useful online tools, and important assessment information. Emphases of the workshop covered:

  • formative assessment in the classroom
  • the collection and analysis of data
  • moderation
  • overall teacher judgments
  • reporting to parents and whānau
  • assessment tools and their most effective use. 

Schools can use the PowerPoint presentation to help colleagues discover the range of content available in Assessment Online and/or to use resources in the site to improve their understanding and application of assessment knowledge and practices. 

Download the slide presentation:

Assessment Online – resources to improve teaching and learning (PowerPoint 3 MB)

For further information contact: assessment@tki.org.nz