Education Review Office (New Zealand)

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Education Review Office
Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga
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Education Review Office logo
Agency overview
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters Legal House, 101 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Minister responsible Hekia Parata, Minister of Education
Agency executive Dr Graham Stoop, Chief Review Officer

The Education Review Office (ERO, Māori: Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga) is a relatively small state sector organisation of New Zealand tasked with reviewing and reporting publicly on the quality of education and care of students in all New Zealand schools and early childhood services. The department is run by the Chief Review Officer, currently Graham Stoop. The Chief Review Officer has approximately 150 designated review officers under him who are located in seven district offices. The minister responsible for the Education Review Office is Hekia Parata.

The Education Review Office is physically separate from the Ministry of Education. The functions and powers of the department are set out in Part 28 (sections 323–328) of the Education Act 1989.[1]


ERO reviews the education provided for school students in all state schools, private schools and kura kaupapa Māori. It also reviews the education and care provided for children in early childhood education services and kōhanga reo. Reviews are carried out every three years on average, but are more frequent where the performance of a school or service is below standard or there are risks to the education or safety of the students or children. The department also checks that schools are meeting necessary legal requirements. Occasionally, special reviews of individual schools are ordered outside of the normal review cycle, which focus on specific areas of concern with a school's management.

ERO reports to individual boards of trustees on what they are doing well and where they need to improve. In some cases of poor performance or major risks to students, the department may recommend to the Minister and Secretary of Education some form of intervention to the school's management. Reports on individual schools and early childhood services are freely available to the public via ERO's website.


  1. ^ "Education Act 1989 -- New Zealand Legislation". Parliamentary Counsel Office. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 

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