The news outlets are pretty much running an NZEI press release as news.

3News has the headline:?NZEI begins independent assessment of National Standards [emphasis mine]

A teacher union is funding independent research into the impact of the new National Standards in schools.

The Government introduced the standards – benchmarks in reading, writing and maths – this year against strong opposition from the unions.

It says parents need clear information about how their children are performing but unions say the standards should have been trialled and are difficult to implement.

The primary teachers’ union, NZEI, said today it was funding research which would be part of a three-year project involving some of the world’s leading educational researchers.

It would focus on the way six diverse primary and intermediate schools were approaching National Standards and the impact they were having on those schools and their students, NZEI president Ian Leckie said.

“Given the absence of a trial of National Standards and the deep concerns the profession and school communities have, NZEI has decided to fund this research in a bid to get robust evidence about the impact of National Standards on teaching and learning,” he said.

The project is being run through the Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research at the University of Waikato and is headed by Prof Martin Thrupp.

Hmmm… I wonder if this is the same “independent Martin Thrupp that has railed against national standards in March 2010, and is it the same Martin Thrupp who is very active on the national Standards protest site, including this blog post about how to get traction in the media against National Standards and the same martin Thrupp who sent an email of support to the NZPF for their action?against?National Standards?

It would seem to be the same Martin Thrupp…I could be mistaken, but I don’t think I am.

I’m pretty sure that we can safely ignore anything the report has to say, one does have to wonder though at the union dipping into their members pockets to put money into a know agitator’s hands under the pretense of it all being “independent”.

Independent?study? Not likely.