National Standards

National Standards aim to lift achievement in literacy and numeracy (reading, writing, and mathematics) by being clear about what students should achieve and by when. This will help students; their teachers and parents, families and whānau better understand what they are aiming for and what they need to do next.

The standards set clear expectations that students need to meet in reading, writing and mathematics in the first 8 years at school.

The standards describe reference points or signposts of achievement at each year level. Assessing progress and achievement in relation to the standards is an integral part of teaching and learning across the New Zealand Curriculum.

Information for schools

National Standards online

Assessment and Reporting online

Information for Parents

National Standards information for parents

Background information

The Ministry of Education consulted on National Standards and plain language reporting with the education sector and parents, families and whānau between 25 May and 3 July 2009. Over 4000 people attended school sector meetings and almost 2150 people attended meetings for parents, family and whānau.

Ngā Whanaketanga Rūmaki Māori - National Standards in literacy and numeracy in Māori-medium education have also been developed and are available on TKI. Further information on the development of Ngā Whanaketanga Rūmaki Māori is available on this website.

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