National standards: leadership links

This page brings together links to information and tools to support school leaders to implement National Standards in Years 1 to 8. 

Frequently asked questions

These frequently asked questions and answers about National Standards are grouped into information about: goals and targets, assessment, reporting, support, ESOL and students with special education needs, ERO, communication, and secondary schools. Go to FAQ.

PACT: the progress and consistency tool

A progress and consistency tool is being developed to support teachers’ professional judgments in relation to the National Standards, and to improve the measurement of learner progress over time. Read about it here.

Overview of self-review tools

These self-review tools support teachers, in-school leaders, and boards of trustees to use the National Standards for reading, writing, and mathematics. Go to self-review tools overview.

Self-review tools learning module

This series of short videos looks at how Russley School in Christchurch is using the tools to focus on student achievement. Go to self-review tools learning module.

Using self-review to inform school planning

Leadership teams from primary schools in Waikato and Christchurch came together for a day, in regional pairings, to work on their action and annual plans.This series of resources contains: a video of the leadership teams from Beckenham and Opawa primary schools working together and the plans they produced; and sets of actions plans, and related documents from Te Pahu and Pokuru primary schools in Waikato. Go to school planning resources.

Self-review tool for school leaders

This tool supports school leaders as they work with their teachers and boards of trustees to use the National Standards for reading, writing, and mathematics. The tool has been developed on the basis of the findings of the Leadership Best Evidence Synthesis, with a particular focus on:

  • establishing goals and expectations
  • planning, coordinating, and evaluating teaching and the curriculum
  • promoting and participating in teacher learning and development.

Go to self-review tool.

Aligning assessment tools with National Standards

There's a good range of formal assessment tools that teachers use to assess student progress in reading, writing and maths. These tools will remain very useful as teachers work with the National Standards.

Scores obtained from such tools are one of the sources of evidence that teachers can draw on as they make overall teacher judgments.

To make it easier for teachers to get a handle on this process, the Ministry of Education has provided online information about how scores align to the standards at certain year levels. Included are a set of PDF files and web-pages that teachers can use as guidelines in their own work and during in-school professional development. Go to alignment of assessment tools.

ERO: working with the National Standards

This is an interim report of findings from 80 schools reviewed in Term 3, 2010. As part of the review process, ERO asked specific questions about each school's use of National Standards, its preparedness for these and how well school leaders, teachers and trustees understood the National Standards. Go to report.

National Standards website

This website contains key information for schools and parents about National Standards. Go to the National Standards website

National Standards and school charters

School charters need to include targets in relation to the standards to provide a basis for boards to report annually on progress and achievement in relation to the standards. The resource Charters and Analysis of Variance and Reporting: Guidance for schools using National Standards has been developed to help English-medium schools with students in years 1–8 with this requirement. See: Planning and reporting guidance for schools using National Standards.

National Standards: assessment and reporting

This Assessment Online link connects to frequently asked questions, with answers, about assessment and reporting to parents, families and whānau in relation to National Standards. It also contains information about assessment tools and resources, and overall teacher judgment. Go to assessment and reporting information.

National Standards and English language learners

Progress and achievement for English language learners shall be reported against The National Standards. It is recommended that schools also assess and report the progress and achievement of English language learners in relation to the The English Language Learning Progressions (ELLP), as the Progressions provide a guide to typical language learning pathways for students learning English as an additional language. Go to information about English language learners.

Professional learning modules

This set of professional learning modules supports schools to understand the reading, writing, and mathematics standards and how they relate to The New Zealand Curriculum. Go to professional learning modules.

The role of school boards in National Standards

School boards have particular responsibilities for the use of National Standards in 2010. This fact sheet overviews what those responsibilities are. Go to role of boards fact sheet.

Training and professional development for implementation

A range of material to support principals and teachers to understand the reading, writing, and mathematics standards is available at this link. This includes material to be used by principals and lead teachers when leading their school's development. Go to training and professional development information.

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Related sabbatical reports

  • John Coulam, Marian Catholic School (Hamilton)

    To visit up to 20 schools to look at how they are reporting to their communities in plain English on the National Standards in Reading, Written Language and Mathematics. To compare best practice in reporting and lead a review of how Marian School is currently reporting to the community. (PDF 585kB)

  • Donna Donnelly, Tikipunga Primary School

    To investigate how schools are engaging with their communities to inform and share information about student progress achievement in relation to National Standards. (PDF 97kB)

  • Rex Wilson, Allandale School

    Can the National Standards be used as a basis to develop students as experts in their own learning in literacy and numeracy? Can a process be developed so that assessment is learning? (PDF 223kB)