Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Public Achievement Information supports children’s education

Hon Hekia Parata
Minister of Education

3 September 2013

Public Achievement Information to support your child’s education

Education Minister Hekia Parata today released information providing a clear picture of how all parts of the pre-school and school system are performing and supporting each other at a local level.

“We recognise for all parents their children’s success at school is a high priority. The information being released allows parents and communities to have a fuller picture of how their children are doing at school. It gives them valuable data to help them get behind their schools to help children to reach their educational potential,” says Ms Parata.

The information released includes a new ‘Know Your Region’ section of the Ministry’s Education Counts website. It includes demographic and education data available by regional council and territorial authority. There are 84 territorial authority infographics, which provide snapshots of key statistics from early childhood education (ECE), through to 18 years of age for the locality.

Individual school information – including student achievement and financial information – has also been released alongside aggregated National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori data for each territorial authority.

“This is a good starting point, from which we can all take action to support our children’s education. We will continue to refine the data each year, but the patterns the data show now make it clear where we need to better target our resources, and provide greater practical support.

“The overall picture is that the system serves most of our students well and that things are improving. But behind that another picture comes into sharper focus – one of significant differences in outcomes between groups.

“Achievement rates among Maori and Pasifika students are lower at all levels of education. There are also important differences in achievement for boys and girls.

“This information empowers us all to take action on specific areas at the local level – where the greatest change is possible – and get more involved and engaged to help support our children’s’ teachers,” Ms Parata says.

“This Government has an unrelenting focus on raising achievement for all children. Education contributes to New Zealand’s productivity, and social and cultural wellbeing, as well as supporting children to reach their potential.”

Ms Parata says the latest National Standards School Sample Monitoring and Evaluation report, also released today, shows the progress made in implementing National Standards since 2010.

“Overall the report indicates there has been good progress with many core aspects of the implementation of the standards. More teachers are using current assessment information to make judgements about students’ learning, and school-wide moderation practices are becoming more common. Both these changes should improve the implementation of National Standards in the future.

“However, the report’s findings also show where we need to do more work. This includes supporting schools to better report to parents, and supporting teachers to better use the standards,” says Ms Parata.

“All of this data has allowed us to get a clearer picture of our education system and see where we can better target resources. While on average 4 out of 5 children are getting the qualifications they need, we want all children to succeed. That’s 5 out of 5.”

The Ministry of Education is progressively uploading the new data on its website as from today:


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Budget 2022

At base, the political biffo back and forth on the merits of Budget 2022 comes down to only one thing. Who is the better manager of the economy and better steward of social wellbeing – National or Labour? In its own quiet way, the Treasury has buried a fascinating answer to the “who’s best at running an economy during a crisis?” question, at page 57 of the Fiscal Strategy section...


Government: Helps Supermarket Shoppers Get A Fair Deal
Urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores has been introduced today, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>

Budget 2022: A Secure Future In Difficult Times
Budget 2022 will help build a high wage, low emissions economy that provides greater economic security, while providing support to households affected by cost of living pressures... More>>


Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>


National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>

Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>




InfoPages News Channels