Education Counts is a Ministry of Education website that provides statistical research about New Zealand's primary and secondary education. It has run on Squiz Matrix CMS since 2006, along with a number of other Ministry websites.
New Zealand Education Minister Hekia Parata announced that National Standards data submitted by over 2000 schools, along with Education Review Office reports and schools' annual reports, would be published on the Education Counts website.
It was understood by both the Ministry and Squiz that this would generate a large amount of interest from media, bloggers and the general public. Fairfax Media's Stuff website had earlier released National Standards data obtained under the Official Information Act from over 1000 schools - and received 'an overwhelming response': over 300,000 page views in just a few days, with associated stories receiving nearly half a million views.
At the time, Education Counts was hosted within a physical server environment that couldn't scale on demand at speed. Migrating the CMS and all websites running on it to the Squiz Cloud would allow the Ministry to cope with the expected spike in visitors to the Education Counts website.
Before the migration could be performed, three implementation issues needed to be addressed:
- Due to the sensitive nature of the schools data, Squiz needed to provide a content management solution that would allow the Ministry to load and preview the embargoed data, and assess progress, while keeping the website up and running.
- Approximately 2000 PDFs needed uploading, along with relevant information about each document. This would enable each document to be associated with the correct school and also produce metadata that could be used as content when displaying the document.
- A National Standards tab at the top of each schools page in the Find a School section of the website was required to contain one or more PDFs containing National Standards data specific to each school.