In 2013 the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement assessed student achievement in two learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum–health and physical education, and mathematics and statistics. This report focuses on health and physical education.
The National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement–Wānangatia Te Putanga Tauira–is designed to assess and understand student achievement across the New Zealand Curriculum at Year 4 and Year 8 in New Zealand’s English-medium state schools. The main purposes of National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement are:
• to provide a snapshot of student achievement against the New Zealand Curriculum;
• to identify factors that are associated with achievement;
• to assess strengths and weaknesses across the curriculum;
• to measure change in student achievement over time; and
• to provide high quality, robust information for policy makers, curriculum planners and educators.
National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement assessed achievement inhealth and physical education in two ways: by using a measure of Critical Thinking in Health and Physical Education; and descriptive reporting of students’ understanding of well-being, and the demonstration of a range of movement and strategic action skills within the contexts of games, and movement sequences.
The Critical Thinking in Health and Physical Education achievement measure was aligned to the levels of the New Zealand Curriculum.Other data related to students’, teachers’ and principals’views of teaching and learning in health and physical education were also collected via questionnaires.