Parata to study Massachusetts education system
The Massachusetts school system has an outstanding record of achievement and Education Minister Hekia Parata wants to know more about it.
She's on her way to the United States to take a close look.
"The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education manages one million pupils in 2000 public schools, and just 2 percent of its high school students leave school prior to graduation," Ms Parata said before she left.
"In addition, its students' maths and reading scores are among the highest in the country."
She'll be meeting the department's commissioner and other Massachusetts education experts.
"I want to understand how Massachusetts is able to achieve these outstanding outcomes and what might be relevant to our education system."