The purpose of schooling improvement is to significantly improve student achievement through a series of targeted interventions mainly focused on literacy, numeracy and effective teaching. The focus is on changing classroom practice rather than on external variables such as change management within schools.
Schooling improvement generally works with clusters of schools, mainly in deciles 1-3.
Clusters may be identified by the Ministry, or schools may self-identify.
If existing data indicates that students may be at risk of significant underachievement, the Ministry supports the cluster to gather in-depth student achievement data, using standardised assessments, through an achievement analysis. If the achievement analysis confirms significant underachievement, the Ministry invites the cluster schools to work in partnership to develop an evidence-based plan to address the underachievement.
Schooling improvement projects are generally funded by the Ministry for three years. Schools are expected to contribute towards the overall funding of the project with a view to on-going sustainability.
An effective schooling improvement project is one that makes a positive and statistically significant impact on the overall academic achievement of the targeted students.
If you would like further information about schooling improvement contact your local or regional Ministry office manager.