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What we do

NMSSA is a large-scale assessment that monitors trends in student achievement. We visit around 200 schools and work with more than 5,000 students each year to build a reliable picture of achievement across the country. The information we provide is used by government, schools and teachers to improve education.

Our work is important for Aotearoa because we track students' progress in the New Zealand Curriculum. Our reports complement results from international studies of achievement.

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Identify and monitor trends in educational performance.
Explore impacts on student achievement.
Provide dependable information to policy makers and curriculum specialists for planning.
Develop insights to help schools improve teaching and learning.


Casual opportunities available annually

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