'The primary purpose is to improve students' learning and teachers' teaching' (NZC p39).
This is an ongoing process that involves the focused and timely gathering, analysis, interpretation, and use of information that can provide evidence of student progress. The information gathered depends upon the purposes of the assessment. Teachers have a direct interest in formative assessment since that informs the next step in the teaching process.
School management and governance have a vested interest in longer term structural change and resourcing and require annual progress and trend data. Teachers are guided in this latter process by a school assessment map that sets out what assessment information is required and when. This information is used to inform programme development, funding, staffing and infrastructural change.
Key assessment resources we rely on:
NZEI "The Connected Curriculum"; Assessment 
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