Reporting Student Achievement

With the removal of National Standards at the beginning of the 2018 academic year, there have been many discussions in the education sector about what should replace them.  At Newton Central School, we are excited about re-connecting with our NZ Curriculum , which was held in high regard globally as an innovative and holistic approach to teaching and learning, ultimately equipping students with the skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing society.  Unfortunately, the introduction of National Standards narrowed our focus on reading, writing and mathematics and actually resulted in poorer achievement results compared to other countries around the world. 

A returned focus on our curriculum, will allow us to achieve the original vision of the National Curriculum – ensuring our students are: confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.  Of course, we will still be committed to ensuring the foundations of reading, writing and mathematics are strongly embedded into our curriculum, but we will be broadening our focus to encompass the NZ Curriculum Key Competencies of: 

  • Thinking
  • Relating to others
  • Using language, symbols and texts
  • Managing self
  • Participating and contributing

What changed?

The way we report to parents about student progress changed in 2018, allowing us to report more frequently to parents through: 

  • increased parent / teacher conferences, 
  • student led conferences encourages our students to be more actively involved in their learning, goal setting and communicating their goals to their parents,
  • online access to student achievement in real time, outlining what progressions they’ve achieved at their age level, and what progressions they are currently working on. 

We will no longer be providing written, hard-copy reports to families as information about your child’s progress will be provided on-line. Our school selected Hero by LINC-ED as our New Zealand Ministry of Education approved online student management and reporting system. Hero shares our school’s vision to put student learning at the centre of all that we do. Hero is the main communication system we use for notices.

What Will be in the Online School Report?

The school reports will primarily focus on student learning goals in the key curriculum areas of reading, writing and numeracy.  Progressing through the curriculum subject areas, most students will progress through levels 1-5.  Within The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga, the level that each child is learning at will vary compared to the other children in the same year. Once your child has mastered most of the skills, knowledge and understanding of each learning stage within the level, they will move on to the next level.

There will also be feedback on how your child has performed under the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) Key Competencies.  You can find more information on the NZC Key competencies here.

This Video of Mary Chamberlain, from the Ministry of Education, provides a brief description of the key competencies, explaining their importance for employment and personal well-being. (Duration 0.33)


Term 1: 3 February – 14 April

There will be an opportunity to:

  • Meet your child’s teacher and team via zoom
  • Learn about the expectations and routines in your child’s class
  • Meet the other parents of the students in your child’s class
  • Learn about how you, as parents, can support the school in fundraising and community building activities
  • Ask any questions you might have

Week 3 Thursday 16th February 

Meet the Teams Auraki / English Medium

  • Mārama Years 4 – 6: 5.00 – 5.30pm
  • Nohinohi Years 2 – 3/4 5.30 – 6.00pm
  • Āhuru Mōwai Years 0 – 2 6.00 – 6.30pm

Meet the Teams  Te Aka Pūkāea / Māori Medium 

Te Awahou and Te Uru Karaka Whānaua 5.30 – 7.30pm

  • 5.30 – 6.15pm Kai
  • 6.15 – 7.30pm Whakawhanaungatanga and hui

Week 4 Goal Setting – Hopes and Dreams Conferneces

For our formal face-to-face (kanohi-ki-te-kanohi) whānau and kaiako (parents/caregivers and teachers) meetings we use an online electronic appointment system. The meetings are 15 minutes per slot. For booking meetings slots go to Prior to the event, the unique code is shared with you via our weekly/fortnightly teacher or community notices.

  • Wednesday 22nd February 3.30 – 6.30pm
  • Thursday 23rd February 1.30 – 6.30pm. School will close at 1.00pm on this day.

Term 2: 3 May – 8 July

Week 10: Kanohi-kite-kanohi Hui / Parent-Teacher-Child Meetings 

  • Wednesday 28 June 3.30 – 6.30pm
  • Thursday 29 June 1.30 – 6.30pm School will close at 1.00pm on this day.

For our formal face-to-face (kanohi-ki-te-kanohi) whānau and kaiako (parents/caregivers and teachers) meetings we use an online electronic appointment system. The meetings are 15 minutes per slot. For booking meetings slots go to Prior to the event, the unique code is shared with you via our weekly/fortnightly teacher or community notices.

Term 3: 17 June – 22 September

Week 10: Student Led Open Classrooms

  • Thursday 21 September 1.30 – 5.30pm

The students themselves facilitate the sharing of their learning journey to-date with their whānau inside the classroom.  They are guided by their teacher and prepare a variety of interactive activities showing their ownership, accountability, and accomplishments of the learning they have completed over time.  This is an opportunity for them to answer parent questions, to celebrate and have fun.  The Student led sessions are 30 minutes per in duration. For booking your session go to Prior to the event, the unique code is shared with you via our weekly/fortnightly teacher or community notices.


The days of traditional written report are quickly becoming obsoleteThe reality is educational teaching practices have evolved far from relying on traditionally written reports that are essentially a one-way, once (or twice) a year document. These reports involved long hours of teacher time in isolation from the students and were written well after the actual assessment date, and well before they were actually presented to parents.  The result was that by the time you were receiving your child’s report, they may have progressed even further and the information was no longer relevant.  

Digital technologies not only support one way information flows but improve the quality, timeliness and richness of the information that is shared. The digital report can be accessed anytime and anywhere by multiple family members. As the process is less labour intensive for our teachers we are able to report on a wider range of curriculum areas and key competencies. Furthermore, reporting is closely related to actual assessments of student achievement of progressions articulated in the New Zealand/Te Marautanga curriculum documents. It is now easier for parents to see the progress their child makes against the goals that were set with their teacher.  

The online environment provides new and unique opportunities for collecting rich data that paper technologies cannot. Potentially students’ recorded conversations will form a narrative of their own learning and provide parents and teachers with powerful information about where a learner is at. Furthermore, students can post evidence of how they have achieved their goals, ultimately empowering to take responsibility for their own learning – an essential pathway towards becoming lifelong learners.  This will encourage students to self-assess and reflect on their learning.  Research shows that this is an incredibly powerful learning tool.   

Finally, by having all the achievement data in one area, you can now track your child’s progress over their entire time at our school, all at your fingertips! 


Increasingly, receiving schools directly approach leaving schools for data and information.  Linc-ed allows us the capability to share your child’s achievement and assessment data directly with the school your child is going to, providing accurate and useful data about the capabilities of your child.  This results in less testing and assessments required by the incoming school as the data (e.g. reading and writing levels) is already reported.