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.Â
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.