National Standards are working

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets/hub.1326407570.htmlWairarapa principal Kevin Jephson says National Standards are failing because most of his school’s pupils failed its benchmark last year.

Only 11 per cent of Dalefield’s students met the reading standard, 2 per cent the writing standard and 7 per cent the mathematics standard, he said.  

That’s not the standards failing, the results show they’re working.

The school, its staff and parents now know pupils aren’t learning as they should be and they should be focussed on getting them the help they need.

But Gail Marshall, principal of Solway Primary School in Masterton, said she had utmost faith in National Standards as a workable system.

The standards were trialled at Solway ahead of being rolled out nationwide.

The 2011 assessment at Solway found 91 per cent of Years 4 to 6 pupils met the reading standard, 87 per cent the writing standard and 82 per cent the mathematics standard.

 “What I like about the standards is that it shows very clearly what the kids need, and we can target that. This year we’ll be concentrating on writing and maths and we can target toward that end.”

Kiwiblog points out there is not a big difference in the decile rating of the schools:

Dalefield is decile 5 and Solway decile 6. Not a huge difference. Certainly not enough to explain why Solway is a magnitude higher in terms of the national standard.

Even if the decile rating was vastly different that wouldn’t mean the standards were wrong.

The assessment shows that Dalefield needs more help to ensure its pupils are learning as they should be which doesn’t mean the standards have failed.

The only failure identified so far is in Jephson who doesn’t understand that the true test of the standards won’t be in any problems they identify but in what happens next and the difference that makes.

Hat tip: Whaleoil

2 Responses to National Standards are working

  1. Andrei says:

    Success with this

    Standards
    At all times children will be expected to be considerate and display good manners.

    Most school rules are based on the safety and health of all at Solway and the protection of property. We expect children to
    arrive at school before 8.50 prepared and ready to learn. We expect work to be of a high standard so students take pride in their achievements. We expect children to use respectful language and be obedient.

    Uniform – brown,black, navy shoes/sandals. No trainers. No jewellery other than religious or cultural significance.

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  2. Ross Miller says:

    If the pupils failed just what does that say about the quality of the Principal and the teachers he employs?

    Mr Jephson is a shining example of the need for National Standards …. sad..

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