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NMSSA_LogoNational Monitoring Study of Student Achievement - NMSSA

Assessing and understanding the achievement of primary school students across the New Zealand curriculum. The programme has been in operation since 2012, building on the strengths of NEMP, and is a collaboration between the Educational Assessment Research Unit at the University of Otago, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research and the Ministry of Education.

The purpose of the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) is to get a broad picture of student achievement in New Zealand. It does this by assessing representative samples of New Zealand school students at successive points in time so that:

  • trends in educational performance can be identified and reported;
  • factors that influence student achievement can be identified and reported;
  • good information is available to assist policy makers, curriculum specialists and educators with their planning;
  • the public has more information about trends in educational achievement.

Reports of our current findings are available from:

NEMPlogo_03National Educational Monitoring Project - NEMP

Running from 1995 to 2010, EARU was contracted by the Ministry of Education to undertake the National Education Monitoring Project (NEMP) for New Zealand. Each year NEMP provided extensive assessment results from indepth studies into the vital areas of the New Zealand Educational Curriculum. With a focus on Year 4 and Year 8 students, the project ran through 4 cycles which focused on 3-4 curriculum subjects yearly.

The NEMP website provides an online resource of material with our findings in both web and PDF formats.