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NMSSA 2020
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Mathematics and Statistics 2018
Social Studies 2018
Welcome to NMSSA
NMSSA LogoAssessing 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 (National Education Monitoring Project 1995-2010), 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 and
  • the public has more information about trends in educational achievement.
Recent Publications:  
Insights for Teachers
 Mathematics and Statistics 2018 (NEW)
 Social Studies 2018 (NEW)
The latest reports from NMSSA are the Insights for Mathematics and Statistics 2018, and Social Studies 2018. These reports are designed to support teaching in New Zealand primary classrooms and are a supplement to the Key Findings reports released in December 2019. [more here]
 Mathematics Full Report ~ PDFWord Summary ~ PDF  
 Social Studies Full Report ~ PDFWord Summary ~ PDF  
Full list of NMSSA reports
The 2018 reports provide information on what Year 4 and Year 8 students know and can do in these learning areas, how they are achieving against the New Zealand Curriculum, progress made by students between Year 4 and Year 8, and differences between subgroups. Factors that may influence achievement are examined. The reports also provide a specific focus on the achievement of the Ministry of Education’s priority learner groups: Mäori, Pacific and students with special education needs.
2018 - Data Window PDF Menu Health
Further insight into the 2018 results is available through the Data Window. [click here].

Select from Mathematics and Statistics or Social Studies from the Learning Area menu items to view our findings.
Due to Covid-19 there will be no field study this year. Thank you to all who showed a prior interest. We will be in contact early next year 2021 with a new study.
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