National Standards are already working

I received an email on the tipline from a reader about National Standards. I asked permission to post it.

Dear Cameron

My Daughter goes a public school in Auckland and they have always been positive about National standards and we get a breakdown of how the school is going. It is written in plain English and it doesn’t hide anything.

What I like is that after the first round of national standards they identified that they wanted to improve the performance of boys so they set a specific target to achieve that. This is exactly why standards are needed to highlight areas of improvement so that they can be improved.

The Ministry of Education must be very happy as this shows that in the first year of standards schools can implement the standards with minimal fuss and bother. It really highlights how inept the schools that are having trouble implementing the standards are.

National Standards are working and producing good results. The Unions should be ashamed of creating a massive amount of hysteria over nothing. National Standards are easy to understand, fantastic for parents and will improve the quality of our education system.


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  • Callump

    I am glad that this
    Parents’ school has found a framework that helped them identify what
    they want to improve.

    Its unfortunate that
    they weren’t able to do this by themselves with the existing
    assessment models ,but given that it is working for them, great job.

    This still doesn’t
    answer why schools that have a proven framework that parents are
    supportive of must implement a blanket National Standard.

    I and the majority of
    parents at at my daughters school support the existing framework
    (Which is proven and the reason we chose the school). For us National
    Standards attacks the special character of the educational model we
    have chosen.

    So as your example
    highlights why can’t both systems exist:

    Schools that want
    to implement National Standards

    Schools that want
    to align with their delivery of the New Zealand Curriculum

    How do the parents of
    boys feel and what is being done to lift their achievement (focus
    just on reading and writing)?

    How are the metrics
    aligned nationally given that they are Overall Teacher Judgements?