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


Slow slide down rankings requires urgent action

Slow slide down rankings requires urgent action

The business community will want urgent, focused action to ensure better education performance, says BusinessNZ.

The latest OECD PISA survey shows New Zealand’s performance has dropped in maths, science and reading.

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says these subjects are essential for innovation and a competitive economy.

“It is positive that New Zealand results are still above the OECD average, but our slow slide down the rankings serves as a wakeup call and requires urgent action.

“Issues requiring attention include the wide spread of achievement – big differences between higher and lower achieving students – and the fact that the proportion of low achievers is increasing, while higher achievers are doing less well.

“Education Review Office evaluations also show the need for more contextual and student-centred learning and the better use of data to plan for student learning. We also have to better connect learning with the real world to keep learners engaged.

“It will be important for the Government to act with urgency to ensure that New Zealand remains competitive with other countries.

“The review of professional development is a start but this needs to be integrated into a wider approach for evaluating teachers’ strengths and areas for improvement if we seek a boost to teacher performance and student outcomes.

“We should also look at those countries that have made improvements and learn from them,” Mr O’Reilly said.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>


Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>


Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>


Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Opera: Happy 70th Birthday Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Our first lady of song who “feels more like at 15 year old” will celebrate her significant birthday on stage at Covent Garden tomorrow night (Friday morning NZT), performing in the Royal Opera House’s production of La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) as La Duchess de Crackentorp. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news