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Data Available

Each year of the five-year cycle, specific learning areas are assessed as set out in Table 1. The data are released at the end of each year following the release of the report of findings.

The datasets and variables that are available may vary between learning areas. The core variables are listed in Table 2 below.

Please contact Alison Gilmore at NMSSA for specific questions about data available for any particular year or learning area.

Email: Alison.gilmore@otago.ac.nz
Tel: 0800 808 561


Table 1: Cycle 1 of assessment programmes (2012-2017)
Table 1: Cycle 1 of assessment programmes (2012-2017)
Focus Assessed in Year Assessment Programme Data Released
at the
end of
Focus 1
English: writing
Focus 2
Health and Physical Education
Focus 3
Social Studies
English: reading
Focus 4
The Arts
English: listening and viewing
Focus 5
Learning languages
Literacy and mathematics across the learning areas and key competencies in the classroom
Table 2: Core variables
Table 2: Core variables
Database Variables
Student Demographic NMSSA ID, Gender, MOE Region
Urban Area, School Type
School Decile, Total Roll
Percent of school roll that is Maori
Percent of school roll that is Pasifika
Special Education Needs
Achievement Achievement scale scores
Individual (in-depth) task responses
Contextual See Student questionnaire
Attitude scale score
Opportunities to learn
Teacher Demographic Specialist teacher
Contextual See Teacher Questionnaire
Self efficacy and confidence to teach
Learning opportunities provided
Professional support in school/class
Professional development
Principal Demographic School NMSSA ID, School Decile
Contextual See Principal Questionnaire
Provision for learning
Provision of professional support


Researchers will be provided with the final digital data that are submitted to the Ministry of Education annually. Only datasets that have been anonymised will be provided so that no participating student, teacher or school can be identified (i.e., no student NSN numbers, school numbers).

Electronic copies of the data dictionaries that detail the codings used in the datasets, as well as clarifying any differences between the instruments and the variables in the data set, will be provided. Any data matching requests to other datasets will be handled by, and authorised by the Ministry of Education.

The transfer of data will be done securely as per current Ministry of Education requirements.

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