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Starpath Phase Three Final Report

The Starpath Phase Three Final Report is a synthesis of all research carried out during 2016 and 2017 as part of the Starpath Project.


Partners' Day 2017 Presentations

The most recent Starpath Partners Day took place on 12 September at the Kohia Teachers Centre involving representatives from all nine partner schools. Some of the presentations are below:

The Summer Learning Journey (Dr Rachel Williams)
Results from a digital blogging programme to improve the reading and writing abilities of students in Years 4 to 8 in Manaiakalani schools. (2.0 MB, PDF)
Navigating the western school system in jandals (Roneima Teumohenga)
A presentation by 19-year-old Prime Minister's Pacific Youth STEM award winner Roneima Teumohenga. (416.6 kB, PDF)

Partners' Day 2016 Presentations

Starpath Partner School Principals and Senior Leaders attended a day of presentations and networking on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Here are some of the presentations.

Equity Traps (Tania Linley-Richardson)
Presentation based on article by McKenzie and Scheurich (103.6 kB, PDF)
High Expectation Teachers (Professor Christine Rubie-Davies)
The power of high expectations: Enabling all students to succeed (3.4 MB, PDF)
Research Update (Victoria Cockle)
Initial findings from Phase 3 (134.5 kB, PDF)

Starpath Final Summative Evaluation Report 2016

The Starpath Summative Evaluation Report 2016 provides and overview of Phase 2 and presents findings and deliverables.

Starpath Summative Evaluation Report 2016
Starpath Summative Evaluation Report 2016 (4.2 MB, PDF)

Malamalama i le NCEA (Lomiga lona lua/2nd ed)


O se taiala pu'upu'u ae sili ona aogā mo tamaiti o aoga maualuluga ma o latou matua

Authors: Liz McKinley and Irena Madjar

Published May 2013, NZCER

Price: $19.95


The 2nd edition of the Samoan language translation of our very popular title Understanding NCEA: A relatively short and very useful guide for secondary school students and their parents. This 2nd edition of the book was made necessary by a number of changes to the NCEA regulations over the past two years, including those related to numeracy and literacy and the University Entrance requirements.

‘E te mana’omia se tusi ina ia e malamalama i le NCEA?

O le NCEA o se polokalame lea mo tusipasi i a’oga maualuluga oloo faaaoga¯ ina e le tele o a’oga i Niu Sila. E ‘ese mai i su’ega masani oloo silafia e le to’atele o matua. E foliga e lavelave, ae maua ai e tamaiti a’oga le tele o avanoa e filifili ai poo a mata’upu latou te a’oa’oina, ae pe faapefea fo’i ona iloiloina. E fai lava si fenumia’i pe afai ae le malamalama lelei ai, aua¯ e mafia ona se’e ‘ese ai le fanau mai ni avanoa ta¯ ua ma le talafeagai faalea’oa’oga.

Afai la o oe o se tamaitiiti oloo ua sauni atu mo le NCEA, poo oe fo’i o se matua, o lenei tusi o le a maua ai le tele o faamatalaga ta¯ua ma le aoga¯ , e te malamalama lelei ai i le NCEA, ina ia e ‘ausia ou faamoemoega faalea’oa’oga.

O le lomiga lona lua o le tusi ua talafeagai, ona o le tele o suiga o aiaiga o le NCEA i le lua tausaga ua tuanai, e aofia ai vaega o le numera ma le literate [faitautusi ma le tusitusi], ma aiaiga mo le ulufale atu i Iunivesete.



Understanding NCEA (2nd ed)

A relatively short and very useful guide for secondary school students and their parents (2nd ed)

Authors: Liz McKinley and Irena Madjar

Published 2013

Price: $20.50


Why read Understanding NCEA?

The newest edition of Understanding NCEA is a must-read for all secondary school students and their parents.

Since the publication of the first edition in 2011, there have been some big changes to NCEA level requirements and to University Entrance. Don’t get left in the dark.

This second edition explains in plain language just how NCEA works and the updates to it – everything from standards, levels and credits to subject choice. It includes stories drawn from the real-life experiences of more than 100 students who have navigated various NCEA pathways.

This book will help students make the best possible subject choices, avoid potential pitfalls and successfully prepare for further education or training. There’s also a chapter specifically for parents, with the information you need to support your children through NCEA.

Written by Irena Madjar and Elizabeth McKinley of The Starpath Project at the University of Auckland, with an introduction by University of Auckland Honorary Professor of Education John Hattie.



Uni Bound?

Students' Stories of Transition from School to University

Edited by Elizabeth McKinley and Irena Madjar

Published 2010

Price $29.60

There is nothing like a good story to capture the imagination and help us engage with other people's experiences. This book is made up of fifteen such stories, written by young New Zealanders as they look back on their individual journeys from school to tertiary education. They come from rural and urban schools located mostly in economically disadvantaged communities, and many are the first in their family to embark on university studies.

Students who contributed their stories reflect the ethnic mix of Aotearoa New Zealand today - with Māori, Pacific, European/Pākehā, and other voices telling their dreams, experiences, and lessons learned along the way.

If you are a high school student planning to go to university (or wondering if you should), or a teacher, parent or mentor to a young person in this situation, then this book will give you some helpful pointers. Sometimes funny and at times painfully honest, these stories go beyond the glossy brochures and university guidebooks to provide a real glimpse of what it is like to leave the familiarity of school, family and community and become a university student.


Book chapters

From schools in low-income communities to university: Challenges of transition for Māori and Pacific students.

McKinley, E. & Madjar, I. (2014)

In F. Cram, H. Phillips, P. Sauni and C. Tuagalu (Eds), Māori and Pacifika Higher Education Horizons. H.T. Frierson (Series Ed.), Diversity in Higher Education. Vol. 15. New Milford, CT: Emerald Books (pp 241-252).

The Starpath Project: Promoting student success in secondary schools serving low-SES communities.

Santamaria, A.P., Webber, M., McKinley, E. & Madjar, I. (2014)

In V.M. Carpenter & S. Osborne (Eds). Twelve Thousand Hours: Education and Poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland: Dunmore Publishing (pp 238-245).

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Starpath Annual Reports

Starpath Annual Report 2015
review period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015

Starpath Annual Report 2014 [1.2MB PDF]
review period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014

Starpath Annual Report 2013 [1.9MB PDF]
review period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013

Starpath Annual Report 2012 [1.47MB PDF]
review period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012

Starpath Annual Report 2011 [851KB PDF]
Review period 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 

Starpath Annual Report 2010 [1.5MB PDF]
Review period 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010

Starpath Annual Report 2009 [1.2MB PDF]
Review period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009   

Starpath Annual Report 2008 [1.4MB PDF]
Review period 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008


Journal articles

Data systems in secondary schools: The state of play

Irving, S.E., & Gan, M. (2012). Data systems in secondary schools: The state of play. Computers in New Zealand Schools, Vol.24, No.2, pp108-136



Starpath Overview
A powerpoint overview of the Starpath Project. (6.0 MB, PDF)
Starpath Science Project
A presentation on supporting science teachers in using student achievement data. (757.9 kB, PDF)

Research Reports

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