100 academics have put their names to a document opposing league tables. Good, that is a convenient list of people who should never be appointed to any position anywhere. They are not ever going to support government policy.
At least they have conveniently listed all their names, that should ensure that even stupid people like Hekia Parata won’t appoint them to jobs.
Over 100 education academics have signed a letter against primary school league tables based on National Standards
We are a group of New Zealand academics teaching and researching in universities. As a group we are very concerned about the proposed publication of ‘league tables’ of primary school performance based on National Standards, whether compiled by media organisations or by Government. We believe that National Standards achievement data and the available school and student level contextualising data are so clearly unsuitable for the purpose of comparing school performance that to purport to do so would be dishonest and irresponsible. We also believe, based on the experience of other countries, that the publication of league tables will be extremely damaging for New Zealand primary education. As academics we will condemn and disregard any published league table of primary school performance and we urge the New Zealand public to do likewise.