Chris Hipkins said in Parliament today that New Zealand’s educational standards have dropped rather dramatically in data gathered recently. According to TV3:
New Zealand has slipped in OECD education rankings, the Labour Party has revealed.
In the House today, education spokesman Chris Hipkins said the country’s education system had slipped from seventh in reading and science to 13th and 18th respectively, and from 12th to 23rd in maths.
Mr Hipkins questioned the success of national standards given the ranking decreases.
The drops come in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which measures the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds. The data, which will officially be released late tonight, shows the results from last year’s testing.
Education Minister Hekia Parata said she was unable to talk about the results because of the embargo.
However, she pointed out that those who sat the test went through school between 2001 and 2012 and would not have sat national standards.
Whatever the cause of the decline it has happened under Parata’s watch. And you have to wonder what has happened to cause such a significant drop.