Data Manipulation Function of Target Setting
9 July 2015
Data Manipulation Function of Target
‘Target setting for standardised assessment measures is not the way to improve students’ learning or create viable future learning pathways for our young people,’ said Denise Torrey, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF).
‘I am not surprised that there are schools reporting the percentage of NCEA results based only on the students who participate, whilst taking no account of the students who are not participating in these exams,’ said Torrey. ‘Perverse targets will result in perverse behaviour,’ she said.
‘The problem is that arbitrarily set targets for standardised assessments assume every student has the same ability and the same cultural and social background,’ she said. ‘Then they become the measure of a school’s performance and reported as such,’ she says.
‘The problems are just the same with national standards assessments at the primary levels,’ she said. ‘They are dangerous, misleading and unhelpful to children’s learning.’