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8:58 am, December 9th, 2016 - 110 comments
Categories: act, education, national, schools, useless - Tags: charter schools, David Seymour, fiddling the numbers, ideological stupidity, ministry of education
Education for profit is all about profit, with education hardly getting a look in. There have been many warnings lately on the appalling state of the private education sector –
The $25 million student funding scandal
NZ dream turns to nightmare for international students
Student visa fraud: ‘It’s not about education’
Schools with thousands of foreign students ‘similar to failed college in cheating scandal’
PTEs using fake documents to import students
Private school rorts revealed
It goes on and on.
No surprise to find that National’s pet charter schools are just as compromised – Charter school pass rates plummet when brought in line with state schools
Charter school pass rates are out of line with state schools, a report has revealed.
The reported exam results of the controversial schools gave “an imperfect representation of overall school performance”, an analysis given to Education Minister Hekia Parata states.
The NCEA exam results drop massively when brought in line with state schools.
The reported results were inflated because the charter schools, also known as partnership schools, were using a different method from state schools to report NCEA pass rates.
The report showed Vanguard Military School on Auckland’s North Shore and Te Kura Hourua O Whangarei Terenga Paraoa reported they had met their 2014 NCEA leaver targets – but when the figures were analysed, they did not.
Vanguard reported a 100 per cent pass rate for NCEA Level 2. However, when revised in line with NCEA standards it dropped to just 60 per cent. It met Level 1 standards.
At Te Kura Hourua, neither Level 1 or Level 2 NCEA standards were met once revised: Level 1 dropped from 82 per cent to 77.8 per cent, and Level 2 dropped from 80 per cent to 55.6 per cent.
It is both completely predictable and completely shocking that charter schools would act in this way.
Charter schools use a different method of calculating their NCEA pass rates to state schools – one which inflates their success.
Education Minister Hekia Parata has been warned by her ministry that an imperfect impression of charter schools’ performance is being created as a result.
Advice to Ms Parata shows that when charter schools are measured using the same roll-based methodology as state schools, their pass rates plummet.
All of National’s ideological interventions in education are failures. Just as they were warned.