student agency

Encouraging active learning at school and at home

There is a strong focus in education on connecting learning between school and home. The general understanding, backed by research, is that students gain confidence, enthusiasm and expectations of success from parents and whānau who follow and support their learning. An example of the focus is the revamp of the cycle of inquiry in the NZC...

Beyond WALTS and SC: Strengthening student assessment capabilities to increase learner agency

Learner agency is a phrase that is discussed, inquired into and developed by many educators across the world. It is inspiring and humbling to read and view teachers’ experiences of their mind shift and the challenges and successes they met as a consequence of increasing student voice, choice and ownership of the learning in classrooms...

Raising achievement and reducing disparity - The story of Evaluation Associates

2019 is a big year for Evaluation Associates Ltd. Not only are we continuing to work with hundreds of schools, kura, and Kāhui Ako across New  Zealand who are committed to improving outcomes for their learners, we are celebrating 20 years of doing so, and doing it well.   I sat...

Making assessment the bridge between teaching and learning

A few years ago I visited a school for the first time and a teacher asked what my job was. I told her that I was a facilitator and a lot of my work in schools was supporting teachers and students with assessment for learning. “Ugh… assessment,’ she replied. “If they would just let us get on with teaching!” It was a...

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