National Standards are progressing well. According to an email sent to schools today and coinciding with Hekia Parata’s press statement it looks like they are moving sensibly despite the moaning of the teacher unions.
[T]he Ministry of Education is not publishing a composite table of this year’s results. What we intend to publish is the achievement information you have provided to us via your annual report, exactly as you provided it. The information will be published as an addition to the ‘Find a School’ web pages on the Ministry’s Education Counts website. Under each school page there will be a Tab entitled ‘National Standards’ which will have an exact copy of the achievement data as supplied by the school. Alongside this there will be a link to the school’s most recent ERO report and to your complete annual report.
In order to enhance the quality and usefulness of the data, we will need to make improvements over the next few years. As a first step, we will make three changes for 2013 which will be gazetted shortly:
- There will be a standardised format for reporting the data
- The format, will include reporting by year level, for schools with learners in Years 1-8
- The data will need to be submitted, alongside charters, on 1 March.
Good move….standardised report templates so the teacher unions can’t try and obscure their data.
Parents are going to welcome this, along with the extra national standards information being made available on the Find a School website.