Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Primary school tests not being used as they should be

16 February, 2013

Immediate Release

Primary school tests not being used as they should be

Tests to identify children's learning needs are being used for purposes for which they have never been intended.

Commenting on reports of inflated test results in primary school children's Star and AsTTLE results, Principal of Khandallah Primary School, Louise Green, says these tests are a tool for teachers and should not be being used to indicate National Standards.

“These tests are about teaching and learning. They help a teacher to see what a child does well, as well as identify gaps in learning and the next steps to be taken. The results are being used for a purpose that is not appropriate (to inform National Standards.)”

She says the results were an indication of achievement and were only one part of the overall assessment for National Standards.

She says since the marking guide for the AsTTLE tests had been changed, principals and teachers had noticed very different results.

“If you use the new marking guide you get much higher results than on the old marking guide.”

She says that if the Ministry of Education wants to use the Star and AsTTLE tests to determine National Standards then this should have been a transparent process and communicated effectively.

“We should not be distorting the original purpose of these tests which had nothing to do with the high-stakes testing involved in National Standards and the ability to create league tables.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Rushing For Gold

The first section focuses particularly on the Victorian connections – commercial, legal, mining and personal, including migration statistics. But for me the most interesting chapters were in the middle sections about the people of the goldfields. More>>

Comedy Festival Review: VOTE BATT

The political campaigning in the US over the last eight months or so has provided a stark insight into how far political candidates are willing to go. This background came into focus as “former comedian” – now politician – Tim Batt ushered people up into the front seats, passing out badges and taking photographs with his not entirely adoring public... More>>

HRH QEII's 90th: New Zealand Post Birthday Stamps Fit For A Queen

New Zealand Post is celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with a special series of stamps and a limited edition silver coin. The Queen was born on 21 April 1926. To mark her birthday, New Zealand Post has produced ‘lenticular’ or moving stamps that feature nine different images of the Queen on just three stamps. More>>

ALSO:

Anzac Day: A Time To Stand Against Hatred

The Human Rights Commission says ANZAC Day is a time for New Zealanders to remember those things our grandparents stood for and stand up against intolerance and prejudice. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news