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

 


National Standards – a Debacle Like Novopay?

New Zealand First
Tracy Martin MP
Spokesperson for Education

National Standards – a Debacle Like Novopay?
 
There is increasing concern National Standards results are flawed and the Government is using flawed data to make educational achievements look better than they actually are says New Zealand First.
 
Education spokesperson Tracey Martin says the Ministry of Education is set to publish National Standards for reading, writing and mathematics this month and questions whether these results can be trusted.
 
“Many principals are alarmed to see that last year’s adjustment to the test has caused inflated results, with students achieving far higher than expected.
 
“It’s particularly noticeable in some of the lower decile schools, where I’ve been told results are 20 to 30 per cent higher than in the past.
 
“This shows there’s a massive flaw in the testing, producing inflated results and wrong data.”
 
Ms Martin says no one can argue with the need to have a high standard of achievement but even the Ministry has acknowledged there’s a problem.
 
“How can schools trust the data? They need accurate information to target support where it’s needed the most and this can’t happen when test results don’t match reality.
 
"The Government will relish the chance to claim its National Standards have made a difference when voters head to the polls in 2014, but parents want to know the true picture and they’re not getting it.
 
“With the National Standards publishing date fast approaching we urge the Government to stop National Standards becoming another debacle like Novopay,” says Ms Martin.
 
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Review: Howard Davis On Olivier Assayas' 'Personal Shopper'

Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper is stylish, mysterious, and very strange indeed. It manages to be both ghost story and suspense thriller, yet also a portrait of numbed loneliness and ennui , held together by an peculiarly inexpressive performance from ... More>>

Howard Davis: Never Too Old To Rock & Roll - Jethro Tull

As Greil Marcus recently observed in an NYRB review of Robbie Robertson's autobiographical Testimony, in rock and roll there is always an origin story. In the case of Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson, he claims to have been influenced by his father's big band and jazz record collections and the emergence of rock music in the 1950s, but became disenchanted with the "show biz" style of early US stars like Elvis Presley... More>>

October: Alice Cooper Returns To NZ

It was March 1977 when Alice Cooper undertook his first ever concert tour of New Zealand – and broke attendance records. 40 years on and this revered entertainer continues to surprise and exude danger at every turn, thrilling audiences globally! More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: The Contemporary Relevance Of Denial

Denial has all the hallmarks of a riveting courtroom drama. Based on a 1996 British libel case that author David Irving brought against Lipstadt, the movie has been criticized as flat and stagey, but it nonetheless conveys a visceral clarity of vision and sense of overwhelming urgency. More>>

Obituary: John Clarke Dies Aged 68

Andrew Little: “I grew up with Fred Dagg and I am devastated by John Clarke’s death. He taught us to laugh at ourselves and more importantly laugh at our politicians.” More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Colin McCahon's 'on Going Out With The Tide'

Curated by Wystan Curnow and Robert Leonard, On Going Out with the Tide features major works that have been assembled from public and private collections across New Zealand and Australia. It focusses on McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes, ranging from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings which refer to Māori prophets and investigate land-rights issues. More>>

Howard Davis: Rodger Fox Gets Out The Funk

By now a living New Zealand legend, band leader and trombonist Rodger Fox has performed with some of the biggest names in the jazz business, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton-Thomas, and Joe Williams, to name only a few. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news