The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services.
ERO’s reports are used by parents, teachers, early childhood education managers, school principals and trustees, and by government policy makers.
What ERO does…
ERO carries out several different types of reviews and evaluations – education reviews, homeschool reviews, cluster reviews of education institutions and services, contract evaluations and national evaluations on education topics.
Education reviews are reports to boards of trustees, managers of early childhood education services and the Government on the quality of education provided for children and students in individual centres and schools.
Schools and early childhood services are reviewed on average once every three years. Reviews will be more frequent where the performance of a school or centre is poor and there are risks to the education and safety of the students, or less frequent where a school has a stable reporting history and demonstrates good self review processes and use of its assessment information. ERO’s reports on individual schools and early childhood services are freely available to the public.
The Purpose of an ERO Report
The purpose of ERO’s reviews is to give parents and the wider school community assurance about the quality of education that schools provide and their children receive. An ERO school report answers the question “How effectively is this school’s curriculum promoting student learning – engagement, progress and achievement?” Under that overarching question ERO reports on the quality of education and learning outcomes for children and for specific groups of children including Māori students, Pacific students and students with special needs. ERO also reports on the quality of the school’s systems for sustaining and continuing improvements.
What ERO said about Mt Pleasant…
“Mount Pleasant School is a focus for community activities in its suburban Christchurch hillside location. The community around the school was significantly affected by the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes and the school grounds provided a safe area where families were able to support each other.
There is a positive and supportive school culture in which students feel safe. Parents are warmly welcomed at the school. They are well informed about their children’s learning and school activities. The school strongly promotes parent involvement in goal setting and in actively supporting their children’s learning.
Mount Pleasant School is involved in collaborative partnership arrangements with other local schools. They share practice, moderate assessments and each year plan learning events that students can participate in together.”
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