We do things differently here, evaluation and assessment in NZ

Deborah Nusche reviews a recent OECD report on evaluation and assessment in New Zealand schools, where there is not an emphasis on traditional assessment methods in primary schools.

What struck the review team most about New Zealand’s approach was the great amount of trust in the ability of students, teachers and schools to evaluate their own performance and engage in self-improvement. While international developments are closely followed, the global trend towards high-stakes accountability is not seen as a good option for New Zealand. Especially in primary education, there is a general consensus against national testing and the use of test results for school rankings.

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