National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement Report 10.3: Drama 2015 – Key Findings

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In 2015, the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) assessed student achievement at Year 4 and Year 8 in three areas of the New Zealand Curriculum1 (NZC) – the arts, English: listening and English: viewing. This report presents the key findings for drama as one of the four disciplines decribed in the arts learning area. As well as reporting students’ achievement in and attitudes towards drama, this report provides teachers’ and principals’ perspectives on teaching and learning drama. The report accompanies five other reports2 that present results and technical information related to the NMSSA
study of the arts. For an overview of findings in the arts learning area, including comparisons of findings across the arts disciplines, readers are directed towards the report The Arts 2015 – Key Findings. Unlike music and visual arts, drama was not previously monitored by the National Education Monitoring Project (NEMP). This is the first time that student achievement in the discipline of drama has been assessed at a national level in New Zealand schools. The findings of the report represent an important baseline to be built on.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDunedin, New Zealand
PublisherEducational Assessment Research Unit (EARU), University of Otago
Commissioning bodyMinistry of Education
Number of pages64
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-927286-30-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)2350-3238


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