New Zealand leads the way with 21C skills assessment pilot

New Zealand is in the vanguard of 21C skills assessment globally, as we become the first country outside of the US to use the next-generation Tessera assessment, with many other countries poised to follow.

The 21C Skills Lab has partnered with ACT which owns Tessera to bring Tessera to New Zealand, customised for our students. Tessera provides, for the first time, a rigorous means of assessing the social and emotional learning (SEL) skills of students and the impact of intervention at an individual and organisational level. All going well, our aim is to ensure that every school and tertiary organisation in NZ recognises the significance of non-academic factors in student success, and recognises Tessera as a powerful tool for focused and evidence-based skills development. We are also excited to be building, with the support of our pilot organisations, a new understanding of the links between student SEL skills, academic success and engagement - a world-leading piece of research.

The 12 educational organisations participating in the pilot represent a diverse group of intermediate and secondary schools as well as tertiary organisations. They bring together a number of Communities of Learning, and range across deciles and types of school – state, integrated, private and partnership. They are:

  • Manurewa Intermediate School
  • Manurewa High School
  • Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
  • Takapuna Grammar School
  • Belmont Intermediate School
  • Lynfield College
  • St Mary's College Auckland
  • Hobsonville Point Secondary School
  • Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Villa Education Trust
  • Southern Cross Campus
  • AUT Faculty of Business, Economics & Law

The participating educational organisations are now underway with testing and will receive their results and develop skills on how to work positively with Tessera to grow student skills in a series of workshops in mid-October 2017. For more information, see here »


If you are interested in following the progress of the pilot and the resulting research, please contact us »