There’s a surprise, teachers will boycott National Standards assessment

There is literally nothing that the teacher unions won’t do to spike a government’s legitimate ability to set policy and directives.

When is someone going to tell them that they are employees not the boss?

Teachers and principals plan to boycott a $6 million computerised assessment device which would be compulsory for every primary student in 2015 as part of National Standards.

The NZ Principals’ Federation, the Educational Institute, the NZ Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools and the Catholic Principals Association have called on school boards, colleagues and the organisations developing the ‘Progress and Consistency Tool’ (PaCT) to stop their involvement, including a trial this year.

They say PaCT amounts to a national test and are concerned about how the data will be used. 

The Ministry of Education has said it will make National Standards data more reliable.

The tool asks teachers to judge students’ National Standards levels by working through tick-boxes of illustrations representative of achievement outcomes.

The PaCT tool then generates a result for each student.

New Zealand Principals’ Federation president Phil Harding said schools are fearful about how the data will be used.

“It will be the new national test. We were promised by the ministry and the minister, who was Anne Tolley at the time, there wouldn’t be a national test.

“This narrow tool will take over teacher judgements and do it for them.”

Teachers simply can’t be trusted any longer, that is why a standardised tool is needed.

NZEI president Judith Nowotarski said the tool would undermine teacher professionalism, reduce teaching quality for students and cement a reliance on data from National Standards.

“It also opens the floodgates for other initiatives like competitive performance pay for teachers. There is no research evidence to show that when teachers receive performance pay it helps students learn better.”

Good the sooner the better. Union oppose performance pay for teachers because they are all about protecting the mediocre instead of celebrating excellence.

  • johnbronkhorst

    All these EMPLOYEES should be sacked for not fulfilling their employment OBLIGATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tom

      Yes I agree. Like when they get on the news and slag off the ministry of education. They don’t seem to see that the ministry is their employer. Yet another example of teachers not living in the real world.

    • Guest

      I agree. And they should be made to go & work alongside Helen Tuhoro at Tarawera High School. The woman has had a massive & positive impact on the community in a few months & essentially worked for free for the first 2 (Novapay)

      These primary school teachers have had 3 years to learn the new system. If they haven’t got it by now then they should be fired.

      Our school made errors re measuring learning in the first year & then corrected it. No reason why everyone else couldn’t have done the same.

      Seems to me these people are just being passive aggressive wankers who are too busy politicking instead of just doing what they are paid to do.

  • tarkwin

    Dock their pay.

  • Michael

    The Minstry, on instruction from the Minister, should boycott pay rises and increases in operations funding until there is co-operation from schools and teachers.

  • Dave

    Gee, when i was employed, my employers made me fulfill my role as per their requests. Seems like we need to start disciplining teachers for refusal to carry out their duties.

    • blokeintakapuna

      It’s not the teachers one on one – it’s the “too big to fail” teacher unions and union leaders getting stroppy that they can’t call all the shots – all the time.
      Perhaps its time for a law where Public Servants are not allowed to confuse their personal political ideas and preferences that interfere with work tasks they must legally for fill as part of their employment.
      Public sector unions – constantly biting the hand that feeds them. It should be sooner rather than later, that the hand is clenched into a fist… and used to smash them into non-existence, or slap them into reality… which ever comes first.

      • Dave

        Agree Bloke, but the (majority) of teachers are complicit, as they largely go along with the unions’ extreme views. It would only take a vocal majority, even a few hundred, to stand up and disagree with them.

        Now, if we actually had an honest media, yunno, Decent Journos, trained and skilled in investigative Journalism, they could soon get the truth, and out the unions claims, but alas, the majority in the NZ Media seem to lack honesty, training and skills!.

        • blokeintakapuna

          Apathy – it’s been L&G’s greatest election support of all time…

  • Plue

    Is it just me or were this same lot complaining recently that National Standards data was unreliable because teachers were interpreting the standards differently. Now when presented with a tool to make it reliable the cry foul again. I think I smell a rat.

  • Simo

    NZEI = “CAN’T – What the f&&^&&k is their problem? Bloody luddites obviously still struggling with an educational tape measure. Measure this ya retards

  • blokeintakapuna

    Supposedly, the average of teachers in NZ is 55 y/o. They are just learning how to operate the fax machine and photocopier having only just used all the carbon paper supplies…

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Loads of ACC claims for dropping the gestetner on toes also. Don’t you find it cute when you meet one who knows how to use Clip Art. Nothing like a smiley unicorn next to some political demagogy in print.

  • johnbronkhorst

    New Zealand Principals’ Federation president Phil Harding said schools are fearful about how the data will be used.

    “It will be the new national test. We were promised by the ministry and the minister, who was Anne Tolley at the time, there wouldn’t be a national test.

    “This narrow tool will take over teacher judgements and do it for them.”

    To answer
    1. How data is used is NONE of your business! Anymore than sales data is the business of the sales team. It is there to help the management assess, processes and outcomes!
    2.It is not a test as predicated by your previous arguments, that were against an examination similar to old British 11 plus exams (which incidentally I am not opposed to)
    3. “Teacher judgements”, but I thought you were arguing that National Standards weren’t accurate because of lack of consistency of “teacher judgements” effectively!

    • blokeintakapuna

      Yep – when you can’t dazzle them with brilliance – baffle them with bullshit!

  • In Vino Veritas

    Ba hah hah! On one hand, the teacher unions say “we haven’t been given enough guidance on making our “judgement” calls for students”. They then get given a tool to help, then refuse to use it.

    On the use of the data, I’m sure the teacher and principal unions won’t like anything that shows which teachersprincipals are just collecting their pay.
    I think Ms Nowartarski needs to be careful about making speculation about performance pay not improving learning. It’s bound to be exactly the same as NZEI’s dogmatic rejection of bigger class sizes for the same reason. A fallacy, I might add, since PISA, the teacherprincipal union’s bible, clearly states that class size (within reason of course) has no impact on learning outcomes, but teacher ability does. A lesson for NZEI there perhaps?

  • Ronnie Chow

    What is it with PUBLIC SERVANTS these days……

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    “NZEI president Judith Nowotarski said the tool would undermine teacher professionalism, reduce teaching quality for students and cement a reliance on data from National Standards.” – Undermine teacher professionalism? That ship has long since sailed.

    “It also opens the floodgates for other initiatives like competitive performance pay for teachers. There is no research evidence to show that when teachers receive performance pay it helps students learn better.” – It can’t possibly be worse than the status quo.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Why are teachers always bloody lefties? And why would anyone employ a lefty to teach an impressionable child. Forget the fact that most of them aren’t terribly intelligent given the way they sum up how the world operates. Can you really trust them not to brainwash kids with bromides and balderdash?

    • Simo

      Being a cranial dilemma for lefties I thought the X-Ray would give them a heads-up solution on measurement

  • Bad__Cat

    Give them a date to have it done by, with suspension notices ready for failing to carry out a lawful request.

  • Custard

    This is all I could think of reading this.

  • Slade

    After reading all the dribble in the comments it would be my assumption those who have been commenting have no teaching experience, nor would they understand how to teach children in the first place. Don’t come at me saying I have 1 child or I have 7 children, that does not make you a teacher, I have children but when it comes to teaching it is a completely different ball game. You all should have respect for your teachers helping to protect your children from National standards which quite frankly are a complete arse.

    Lets firstly understand children, If you have a classroom of say 26 Children from different ethnic backgrounds, deciles and social up bringing, how do then turn around without measuring a child when it first starts school turn around half way through the year or even at the end of the year say that a child is below, at or above standard.

    A child that is above may have already been above and not actually improved where as a child that is below may have been well below and improve far more than the child above.

    If you want an education system that works look at countries that are ranked above us and follow their foot steps, none of them use national standards, or charter schools. The only people who want these methods within our schools are Americanized Capitalists.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      I am a second language teacher at the moment. I teach classes of 55+ daily between the hours of 7am and 5.40pm. Schools in NZ are filled with loopy lefties who have a vested interest in entrenching a status-quo of mediocrity, shallowness, laziness and ignorance. Why? Because people like that vote for what appeals viscerally because they certainly can’t analyse a policy or debate its merits.

      My worst student’s parents are extremely wealthy and make excuses for him all the time because they think the sun shines out of his bum, and my best student lives in a shack. Keep that shit on Campbell Live and spare us please. You must know your average kiwi only values education if it looks like it may help him change a tyre or weld a piece of metal back onto a dilapidated car.

      NZ must surely top the list for ignoramuses. Just look at what’s on TV over there. Can’t teach a nation of hammer hands, property developers and panel beaters much anyway…

      I’m not a capitalist, but I believe people should have the freedom to try new ways to learn. Why should we be in the thrall of so-called pedagogical experts, who mostly imbibed treaty revisionism in TECOL and nothing else. The status-quo all over the western world is shit and the attitude of people in developed countries ensures that I get a good burst a schadenfreude every time some nonsensical enterprise comes crashing down. Just the chicken of the proverbial “education” system coming home to roost: no idea what an ion is or how to run a firm or create real jobs, but can call a person a racist at the drop of a hat and will jump on the band waggon for any nice sounding policy which if implemented would bankrupt the nation.

      Stupid, stupid country thanks to whom?

  • Kat

    Brilliant news. National Standards should be standardised, otherwise what is the point if the data is based on subjective judgements that cannot be effectively moderated. There are decent teachers and Principals out there who do want the best out of National Standards, and this technology could be the answer to ensuring that National Standards are working to their full potential to get the best for our kids, as they were originally intended.

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