Ko te pūrongorongo o ERO
Education Review Office
The Education Review Office / Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga is charged with reviewing and publicly reporting on the quality of education and care of students in all New Zealand state and private schools, kura kaupapa Māori, early childhood services and kōhanga reo.
The Education Review Office and the Ministry of Education are two separate public service departments.
When do reviews happen?
Reviews are carried out every three years on average but are more frequent where the performance of a school or service is below standard or there are risks to the education or safety of the students or children. The department also checks that schools are meeting necessary legal requirements. Occasionally, special reviews of individual schools are ordered outside of the normal review cycle, which focus on specific areas of concern with a school's management.
Who sees the review report?
ERO reports to individual boards of trustees on what they are doing well and where they need to improve. In some cases of poor performance or major risks to students, the department may recommend to the Minister and Secretary of Education some form of intervention to the school's management.
Reports on individual schools and early childhood services are freely available to the public via ERO's website.