Misleading Data used by Chris Hipkins for another hit on Charter Schools

I was disappointed but not surprised to see another attack on Vanguard military school yesterday by Chris Hipkins. I have written many articles about Charter schools as part of my investigative series and I have time and time again pointed out the truth and have shown that the critics were not comparing apples with apples.

Misleading data has again been used in order to try to make very successful schools look bad.

Labour Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins, who obtained the documents, said it showed charter schools have been “massively overstating” their pass rates when compared with the rest of the country’s schools.

…In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA Level 2.

-NZ Herald

Since Vanguard Military school was one of the charter schools smeared by the article I will use it as an example to show the problem with the data that Chris Hipkins has referred to.

Vanguard has released its NCEA data to the media every January when it comes out. They have always been totally transparent and upfront with their NCEA results. The school leaver data that was used in the Herald article neglected to mention that although the 60% figure was correct for school leavers in 2014 at Vanguard, they had no level three students that year. The following year Vanguard did have level three students and as soon as they had a full senior school in 2015 you can see the result for school leavers with NCEA Level 2 and above was 86.2%.



When we look at the 2015 results which was the first year that Vanguard had a full senior school they achieved between 17 – 31% above the national average for roll based results and above the national average for school leaver results.  How is that overstating?



Here also are the official documents in which you can see 93.3% of students gained their NCEA LEVEL 3 and 6.7% gained University Entrance which has nothing to do with school leavers at Level 2.







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