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Welcome to EARU

The Educational Assessment Research Unit (EARU) is located within the College of Education at the University of Otago. It comprises a small dedicated team of researchers and technical staff, whose purpose is to provide robust assessment information to New Zealand educators and policy makers.

EARU was established in 1995 by Professor Terry Crooks and Dr Lester Flockton as the home of the National Education Monitoring Project (NEMP).

Since 2011, EARU has managed the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA), a collaboration between the University of Otago and NZCER under contract to the Ministry of Education.