Kati

Introduction

Ngā Kete Kōrero

Ngā Kete Kōrero is a framework used to determine the reading difficulty of texts in te reo Māori. The framework was organised into four kete and 11 levels: Kete Harakeke (emergent); Kete Kiekie (early reading); Kete Pingao (early fluency) and Miro (fluency).

 

In 2016 the Ministry commissioned a review of the framework which was conducted by Kia Ata Mai. The review resulted in changes to the framework, most importantly transition levels were added to the framework increasing the number of levels from eleven to twenty. Recommendations were also made on design and content changes to the existing suite of Ngā Kete Kōrero books.

Evaluation

The Ministry has taken on board the recommendations of the review and re-levelled and re-designed existing Ngā Kete Kōrero resources. The Ministry then commissioned Te Paetawhiti Ltd to evaluate the the resources in ten kura. The feedback from the trial and evaluation of the books will inform the continued re-levelling and republishing of Ngā Kete Kōrero reading resources.

 

Specifically, the Ministry required:

  • Feedback from the sector on the design of the revised pukapuka.
  • Feedback on the revised framework, what works well, not so well (ideally relative to what they have been using prior).
  • Feedback on how best to successfully implement the framework across all Māori-medium schools including dual medium.

The evaluation was conducted in three phrases as follows:

  • Phase 1: This phase involved engaging kura to participate and then delivering the books to key people in the kura. During the visit the evaluator discussed the changes in the framework; the purpose of the trial and the process for gathering feedback (refer Appendix Two: Information sheet and consent form and Appendix Three: Ngā Kete Kōrero Pātai).
  • Phase 2: This phase involved gathering feedback from the kura on the design of the books. Each kura was provided hardcopies of a short survey to complete asking their views on the new level stamp; the new level colours; and design changes to font type; font size and spacing. Where possible the evaluators met with the kura to discuss their responses to the survey.
  • Phase 3: This phase involved gathering final feedback from kura on the implementation of the trial books into their reading programme (what worked, didn’t work) and what advice they have for the Ministry on how best to roll out the relevelled books.

Purpose

The purpose of this report is to share the findings from the First Impressions Survey distributed to all participating kura to complete (refer Appendix Four: First Impressions Survey); and the findings from the phase three interviews with kaiako in the participating kura.

Participating kura

As at the end of June 2019 we had nine kura participating in the trial (refer table 1). The kura have not been named in this report in order to ensure anonymity of responses. 

Table 1: Ngā Kete Kōrero

Location

Type

Location

Type

Northland

Kura-ā-iwi

Bay of Plenty

Kura kaupapa Māori – Te Aho Matua

Waikato

Dual medium

Bay of Plenty

Dual medium

Waikato

Dual medium

Tairāwhiti

Dual medium

Waikato

Section 156 Special Character

Horowhenua

Kura kaupapa Māori – Te Aho Matua

Waikato

Kura-ā-iwi

 

 

By the end of term 2, we had received 21 completed surveys from across seven of the nine kura. A further eight responses were received in term 3 from the remaining two kura (one respondent did not complete the survey fully).  Two survey respondents (individuals) provided general feedback across all books rather than a specific book.  One kura sent in one response reflecting feedback from eight Kaiako. 

 

Twenty-six books were individually reviewed: seven from Harakeke; three from Harakeke | Kiekie; eight from Kiekie; one from Kiekie | Pingao; and seven from Pingao. A summary for each book reviewed is provided in Appendix 1.

 

The nine kura were visited at least twice over the duration of the review, in some cases three times. One kura provided their final feedback via Skype.