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OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: New Zealand 2011

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This report on New Zealand provides, from an international perspective, an independent analysis of major issues facing the educational evaluation and assessment framework, current policy initiatives, and possible future approaches.

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Conclusions and recommendations

New Zealand’s schools offer inclusive education for all students in their local area regardless of the students’ level of impairment or educational need. Schools are comprehensive at all levels and few distinctions are made between academic and vocational programmes. The country has a bicultural and bilingual M..ori and European heritage which is reflected in the provision of M..ori-medium education and, more broadly, the development of education pathways that support and encourage M..ori language and culture. Schools also cater to an increasingly diverse student population, with over half of the school-age population expected to identify with multiple and non-European ethnic heritages within the next five years. The New Zealand Curriculum states its commitment to strong equity principles, including valuing cultural diversity and inclusion of all students in a non-sexist, non-racist and non-discriminatory way. For evaluation and assessment, this implies that approaches at all levels are expected to consider and respond to individual learner needs and school community contexts.

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