Sample-based NLSA in place since the mid-1990s.
Administered yearly and targeted to cover a wide range of knowledge areas, which are assessed on a rotatory basis.
Used primarily for system-wide monitoring purposes.
Census-based NLSAs administered yearly since 1994.
Assessment efforts largely motivated by monitoring purposes.
Efforts to build an Assessment Test for grade 8 are underway, in collaboration with the New Zealand Council of Education Research.