Educational Review Office
Purpose of the review
An ERO review supports a school to strengthen its capacity to promote students’ learning
and achievement. The review process also aims to sustain ongoing development and
improvement through effective self review.
ERO is a government department providing independent external evaluation of schools and
early childhood services.
Through its reviews ERO is able to provide assurance to the Government, parents and
communities about the quality of schools and early childhood services and the effective use
of public funds.
Children and young people are central to ERO’s approach. This is reflected in ERO’s
whakataukī and is the foundation for ERO’s vision and mission statement.
Accountability and improvement
ERO’s evaluation in schools has two purposes – accountability and educational
Evaluation for accountability purposes involves reporting on goals and standards (including
checking on compliance matters), while an improvement focus involves assisting schools to
develop and improve through their self review.
ERO’s approach is to work with schools to identify both their strengths and areas for
development and review.