30 schools opposed to national standards
Tue, 03 Jul 2012 10:00a.m.
Thirty schools evaluated as part of a report into how national standards are being implemented are refusing to take part in the framework because they are opposed to it.
The Education Review Office report found 84 schools of the 439 assessed were not working with all the requirements of the standards.
It said of the 54 schools not opposed to the standards there was a lack of understanding by school leaders about the nature and intent of the standards and limited assessment of the standards.
"It is disappointing that there were 84 schools in which leaders and teachers were not successfully using the standards to ascertain how well students were achieving in reading, writing and mathematics.
"Parents who have children attending these schools do not know how their child is achieving in relation to others of a similar age," it said.
The Working with National Standards to Promote Students' Progress and Achievement report found 22 percent of schools were working well with the standards which measured reading, writing and mathematics competency.
Another 59 percent were "developing their systems and processes" to work with the standards.
The report said where there was strong leadership in schools they were working well with the standards but it was absent in the schools not meeting expectations.
"In many of these schools, leadership is lacking, staff turnover is high and considerable work remains to be done in curriculum and assessment developments," it said.
The controversial standards were introduced into schools teaching children from years one to eight in 2010.
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7/07/2012 9:28:27 a.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
QUOTE: "The Working with National Standards to Promote Students' Progress and Achievement report found 22 percent of schools were working well with the standards which measured reading, writing and mathematics competency.Another 59 percent were "developing their systems and processes" to work with the standards."The 30 schools, obviously without any leadership or ability to teach should have a look at the above quote which clearly clarifies the understanding and the intent of implementing National Standards. The hard working taxpayer are the funders of these schools and therefore technically we are their employer. If these school teachers do not like what their employer wants to implement then please leave and get another job or start your own private school (maybe a charter school) where you can teach your different philosophy and idealswithout being subsidised by the hard working taxpayer.It is as simple as that.
6/07/2012 12:53:34 p.m.
Unworkable educational standards,money into montoring these standards and not educational resources, $1billion cutbacks in tertiary education funding,higher course fees,reduced student allowances,increased school fees, increased interest on student loans,reduced funding for early childhood education,subsidies for private schools and charter schools, and a $146 million cutback in industry skills training.
Time for Hekia Parata and Stephen Joyce to go while we still have a reasonable education system left and time to stop undermining our education system to offset the $16 billion p.a. deficit caused by this Governments Tax Cuts for the Rich and for lining the pockets of Cabinet Ministers.
3/07/2012 10:15:20 a.m.
These school need to realise that they dont get to set policy, simple as that. just because you dont like something does not give you the right to just do as you please....and they wonder why we worry about teachers...
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