English language learners should be reported on in each curriculum subject area as well as on progress and achievement in learning the English language. English language.
The key resource to inform and support teachers in reporting is the English Language Learning Progressions.
- Primary – ELLP Professional Support Module 4: Reporting
- Secondary – ELLP Professional Support Module 5: Reporting
The ELLP matrices (beneath NZC diagram) – Used for tracking students' progress and sharing this information with learners and other stakeholders.
Schools also use ELLP to record and report progress to the Ministry for ESOL funding purposes. Module 6: Using ELLP to support funding applications provides further information and support on this process.
Self-review document – ESOL department review checklist (PDF 95KB) – Another key aspect of reporting is self-review. Although this is a secondary document it also has relevance to primary schools. It is important that ESOL teachers share information with mainstream classroom teachers and that schools have the right documentation to support their English language learners.
National Standards – Information and support for reporting in relation to National Standards.
- National Standards self-review tool for reporting – This tool supports teachers and in-school leaders to examine the effectiveness of their reporting to parents, families, whānau, and communities. This tool describes practice at three points on a continuum so that users can locate their practice and then set goals for their own learning.
Reporting to families
Resources to support schools to share information with parents and whānau. All teachers should keep in mind:
- the principles of effective reporting and information sharing
- the framework for effective information sharing. Each school will determine the best way to report progress and achievement for their English language learners and for their international students. Schools may need to consider the use of translated reports or the use of interpreters in this reporting process. Digital technology may also assist in this process.
Schools should also consider forming strong community engagement connections with their diverse families and communities.
Assessment Online: Reporting to parents and whānau
This site provides information, guidance, and resources to support schools in developing and building on their home–school partnerships. It also contains specific information related to the National Standards and reporting to parents, family, and whānau.
Resources for parents
Ministry of Education: For parents – Practical advice, tips, and links for families and carers
Resources to assist in communicating with families
- Language Line
- Interpreting New Zealand
- Merit Bilingual Achievement Certificates
- These certificates have been translated into nine different languages and are fully downloadable. They can be used to inform parents of their child’s language learning success. They also provide an opportunity to acknowledge the student’s first language, culture, and particular strengths. By celebrating diversity within the school community, all students benefit. The translations on these downloadable certificates could be copied and repurposed to create more certificates unique to your school.