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


Report shows further evidence of National Standards failure

Immediate Release
15 October 2013

Report shows further evidence of National Standards failure

Suggested changes to the reporting of National Standards by a Government advisory group show that the Government has been reduced to “spin” in order to fix the unfixable.

The National Standards Aggregate Results Advisory Group has come up with a range of suggestions to try to make National Standards more palatable to principals, teachers and parents.

The report has been released under the Official Information Act. It has suggested that the Government find and engage “champions” to try to get better acceptance of National Standards and that they only report on them every second year.

NZEI Past President Ian Leckie says this shows, once again, that National Standards do not work and should be scrapped.

“This shows the level of desperation that there is in an attempt to fix an unworkable, failing policy.

“National Standards have been a dismal failure and the Government needs to get rid of them now instead of trying to manipulate teachers and parents in order to make them more palatable.

“We’re about to see further damaging consequences of National Standards in the form of league tables which will do nothing to help students.

“All they will do is perpetrate misleading perceptions about schools and students and lead to increasing inequity in our school system.

“There are better and fairer ways to assess student achievement and it’s time the Government stopped backing a failed policy and instead looked to improve success for all students.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news