Mātaiako: Information for principals

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?

  • Work is currently being undertaken to develop and align assessment tools for te reo and pāngarau.
  • Steps are being taken to address the changing e-Learning assessment needs of kura and Māori medium settings through the provision of reliable Student Management Systems (SMS).
  • All professional learning and development initiatives must now reflect what works for Māori – this includes valuing and validating mātauranga Māori and being responsive to the identity, language and culture of Māori.
  • Professional learning and development for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori is currently being offered to support Mātaiako in your kura and Māori medium settings.
  • 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 now a key focus – it is important that your kura community knows where your tamariki are at so together you can help plan the next steps in their learning.
  • Mātaiako will be a key consideration as you implement Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori through Te Marautanga o Aotearoa this year, so it is important that your kura builds its knowledge and understanding around Mātaiako.
  • It is likely that some whānau in your kura community will need help to understand what Mātaiako is and how it can support their tamariki in their learning.

What action can I take now?

  • Work with your staff 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 School Support Advisory Service if you and your staff would like to be involved in the professional learning and development for Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori (contact details below).

School Support Advisory Service

  • The University of Auckland, Faculty of Education, Team Solutions ̶ Camilla Highfield (09) 623 8899 c.highfield@auckland.ac.nz
  • The University of Waikato, Faculty of Education, School Support Services | Jane Barnett (07) 838 4458 janeb@waikato.ac.nz
  • Massey University, College of Education, Centre for Educational Development | Diane Leggett (06) 350 9292 d.a.leggett@massey.ac.nz
  • Accent Learning, Victoria Link, Teacher Professional Development ̶ Deidre Vercauteren (04) 463 9612 deidre.vercauteren@accent.ac.nz
  • University of Canterbury, College of Education, UC Education Plus ̶ Geoff Moore (03) 367 0727 geoff.moore@canterbury.ac.nz
  • University of Otago, College of Education, Education Support Services ̶ Ian Morrison (03) 479 3800 ian.morrison@otago.ac.nz

Ministry of Education regional offices

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