New Zealand and Cook Islands


New Zealand

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.

Cook Islands

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.