Relevant reports and research

Ngā pūrongo me ngā rangahau hāngai

There is a wealth of information available to assist boards in their governance role. On these pages, you will find links to some of the external research NZSTA has used to underpin our advocacy for member boards. The links provided here are intended as a useful starting point, not a complete list. 

Education specific agencies

Trustee sites



New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) - NZCER is an independent educational research organisation with a bicultural focus. They have an international reputation for producing quality educational research and research-based resources. 

Education Counts - for information to do with educational statistics and research in New Zealand.

OECD seeks to develop and review policies to enhance the efficiency and the effectiveness of education provisions and the equity with which their benefits are shared. Strategies include thematic reviews in specific policy areas, and collecting detailed statistical information on education systems, including measures of the competence levels of individuals.

ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the United States Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Accountability and trust

Lecture 1: Spreading Suspicion

Lecture 2: Trust and Terror

Lecture 3: Called to Account

Lecture 4: Trust and Transparency

Lecture 5: Licence to Deceive


Finance and funding

Future of education

  • Changing Education Paradigms (TED talks - YouTube video)
  • An extremely good animation of a talk by Sir Ted Robinson about the way various countries are trying to change
  • education from 19th-century to 21st-century ways of thinking.
  • Experiments in self-teaching (TED talks - YouTube video)
  • Professor Sugata Mitra has conducted a series of experiments to see how far children with no formal education can
  • teach themselves from a computer with no adult intervention. The results are astounding.

Governance and leadership

University of Bath research papers

The Lighthouse Study - Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB)

Do some school boards create higher student achievement than others? The results of a groundbreaking research study, the Lighthouse Inquiry, by the Iowa Association of School Boards indicate that school boards in high-achieving districts are significantly different in their knowledge and beliefs than school boards in low-achieving districts. And, this difference appears to carry through among administrators and teachers throughout the districts.

Education Review Office (NZ)

The Framework for School Reviews was first published in 2002. This 2014 version reflects new review methodology and aligns with the government's new directions for the future. It complements ERO's Evaluation Indicators for School Reviews

The Education Review Office (ERO) first introduced evaluation indicators in 2003, revising them in 2010. This new version reflects a deepening understanding of how schools improve, and the role that evaluation plays in that process. It also reflects a strengthened relationship between ERO’s approaches to evaluation in English-medium and Māori-medium settings. The evaluation indicators and supporting materials will evolve and change over time in the light of new research and evaluation findings.

ERO - Framework for School Reviews Human Rights

This is a 4-page summary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, without all the legal language. Provided by UNICEF.

The full English language text of the Declaration.

Human Rights Commission reports

International comparisons

OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

PISA 2009 at a Glance (OECD, 2010)
Every three years PISA surveys 15-year-olds in the principal industrialised countries and assesses how far students have acquired knowledge and skills considered essential for full participation in society.

McKinsey & Co

New Zealand schools

Commerce Commission

Reforming education

Student achievement

Political party education reports

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