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Ask yourself the big questions

Brown, M. and Hayes, H. (2001, November). "Professional Reading Circles: Towards a Collaborative Model for Lifelong Learning". ulti Base Articles

Brown and Hayes present the results of research into the use of professional reading circles with a group of beginning teachers. The model they used seemed to foster collaborative, reflective learning and to empower the teachers to take greater ownership of their learning.

Connections, diversity, coherence: Three vignettes exploring learning with iPads in primary schools

Ellen, B., Mandinach, (2012). A Perfect Time for Data Use: Using Data-Driven Decision Making to Inform Practice. Educational Psychologist, 47,(2), 71-85.

ERO (2007) published three reports on schools’ effectiveness in the collection and use of assessment:

Inquiry a Much Abused Word

Leading inquiry at a teacher level: it’s all about mentorship

Ministry of Education has a number of websites that provide information about how to gather and analyse student data and use it to plan for student and teacher learning. They are valuable resources for ISTEs when building schools’ capacity for evidence-based practice. The websites include:

  • The Assessment Resources for Classroom Teachers (ARCT):

  • ARCT are compiled by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. They include the Assessment Resource Banks (ARBs) and over 3500 assessment resources in mathematics, science, and English.

  • Consider the Evidence:

  • Consider the Evidence is designed to assist secondary schools with using evidence to make decisions that will help improve student achievement. It can be applied in all curriculum learning areas and school processes.

  • Educational Leaders:

  • The Educational Leaders website provides information, tools, and links that support school leadership, governance, and management. It includes a section intended to help leaders to use evidence in their decision making.

  • TKI Assessment:

  • TKI’s assessment community has information about all aspects of assessment. This includes a considerable body of research and readings, online workshops, and new assessment tools and resources. For example, it provides links to asTTle (Assessment Tools for Teaching and Learning) and NEMP (National Education Monitoring Project).

  • TKI: Assessment Tools:

  • The assessment tool selector is a resource for teachers and schools to help them select the most appropriate assessment tool to suit their particular purpose.

  • NumPA: Numeracy Project Assessment:

  • The Numeracy Project Assessment is a diagnostic tool designed to provide information about the knowledge and mental strategies of students. It takes the form of an individual interview with students.


PLT Inquiry Cycle

Schneider,  C ., &  Gowan, P. (2013) Investigating Teachers’ Skills in Interpreting Evidence of Student Learning. Applied Measurement in Education 26(3), 191-204.

Schildkamp, K., Lai, M. K., & Earl, L. (2012). Data-based decision making in education: Challenges and opportunities. New York: Springer.

Teacher Appraisal: Missed Opportunities for Learning

Timperley, H. (2009, August). Using assessment data for improving teaching practice. Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Conference

Lai, Mei; McNaughton, Stuart; Hsiao, Selena; Mose, Karen; Hall, Alison; Knight, Nicky and Gray, Colleen. Sustaining Improvements in Student Achievement, 'Myth or Reality?' [online]. Set: Research Information for Teachers, No. 1, 2010: 10-17. ISSN: 0110-6376. [cited 11 Aug 14].

Timperley, H., & ebrary, I. (2011). Realizing the power of professional learning. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill.

A framework for transforming learning in schools: Innovation and the spiral of inquiry - Helen Timperley, Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert

Timperley, H. and Parr, J. (2004). Using Evidence in Teaching Practice: Implications for Professional Learning. Auckland: Hodder Moa Beckett.

Chapters 3 and 4 of this valuable practical guide discuss the selection and use of normed assessment tools.