Mātaiako: Information for boards

Mātaiako refers to the process of observation and evaluation of learning taking place, and can capture the activities helping learners to move along that pathway.

Mātaiako is about gathering and interpreting information about student progress and achievement and using that information to improve teaching and learning.

What do I need to know?

  • In 2011, kura and Māori medium settings using Te Marautanga o Aotearoa require their tamariki to be using Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.
  • New National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) have been put in place to align with the introduction of Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori – and these changes include new responsibilities for boards of trustees.
  • In 2011 boards of trustees begin developing their 2012 Charters including setting targets in relation to Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.
  • In 2012 boards of trustees will work towards achieving their targets.
  • In 2013 boards of trustees must report school-level data in their annual reports to the Ministry of Education showing the numbers and proportions of tamariki achieving at, above, below and well below Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.
  • Kura and Māori medium settings must now report in writing to parents in plain language at least twice a year to let them know how tamariki are progressing in relation to Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.
  • The Ministry of Education is working with Māori medium leaders and assessment experts to develop an official Ministry position on Māori medium assessment to guide relevant policy and practice.

What does this mean for me?

  • Mātaiako is a key part of implementing Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori, so it is important that your kura and Māori medium settings build their knowledge and understanding about Mātaiako.
  • Your kura must have processes in place to collect data about where tamariki are at so that teaching and learning can be planned for the next steps in their learning – this is key to your board, kura and Māori medium settings fulfilling their new obligations.

What action can I take now?

  • Work with your co-board members, school leaders, teachers and whānau to identify the assessment capacity and capability in your kura.
  • Encourage staff to talk with whānau about Mātaiako so that they can help whānau understand how and why their tamariki are being assessed at kura.

Where can I get more information?

Contact your local Ministry of Education regional office if you would like to be involved in the professional learning and development for boards of trustees for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori (contact details below) or if you want further advice.

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