National Standards removed
The Government has announced that National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori will be removed from 2018. Instead the Government will focus on the progress and achievement of all children across the wider New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
This change will better acknowledge the different ways and pace at which children learn, and support teachers to provide more learning opportunities based on what children already know and can do. The new focus will strengthen educational partnerships between parents, schools and kura.
Schools and kura will still be required to report to parents, at least twice a year, on their child’s progress and achievement, especially in the foundational learning areas of maths, reading, and writing. But schools and kura will no longer be required to use National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori for this reporting.
Education Review Office (ERO) reports on a local community’s schools will remain the best guide to their performance, the quality of their teaching and school leadership, and the steps they are taking to progress children’s learning. These reports provide a much more comprehensive picture of the quality of your local schools than did National Standards data.
Information on the how children, or groups of children, are progressing and achieving nationally, will come from the National Monitoring of Student Achievement (NMSA). These studies test several thousand children each year on different areas of the curriculum. International studies will also help provide parents, whānau as well as schools, kura, and the Ministry, with valuable information on student progress and achievement.
The new approach will be developed with sector experts, parents, whānau, iwi and students during 2018. We expect this new system of progress assessment and reporting to come online gradually between 2018 and 2019.
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