There is an old saying in business…”what gets measured, gets done”. This is why you give sales reps targets, have KPIs and keep accounts.
In teaching until recently there was no such thing. National introduced national standards and the teacher unions fought and are still fighting against them. They don’t want to be measured, because in measuring them they will be found wanting…and they have.
Wellington and Hawke’s Bay primary and secondary school pupils are lagging behind government targets, but they are not alone.
Nationwide, none of the targets for national standards, NCEA for school leavers, or early childhood education participation is being met.
For the first time, parents can now see a regional breakdown for achievement throughout a child’s schooling.
The Government has set four targets for the sector, but nationally they are missing the mark – in the case of primary school writing standards, the gap is 15 per cent. Read more »