The centerpiece of National’s campaign launch was an education package built around the demonstrably failed national standards policy. From Stuff:
Prime Minister Bill English has unveiled a big boost for education as his flagship announcement at the party’s campaign launch in Auckland.
* a $126 million investment to raise maths achievement for primary school students.
“National Standards show we need to lift our game in maths. So we’ll provide our students and teachers with the tools they need to do that.
National standards were introduced to miraculously fix reading and maths, recall the claims:
New Zealand elected a Government that promised to introduce national standards so that every single child could read, write, and do maths when they left school. That is what the country voted for.
It was against the advice of teachers, princiapals and experts. It was ridiculous then and it’s ridiculous now. But we let’s try more of the same (more from Stuff):
* Update National Standards to “National Standards Plus”
so “families have more comprehensive and more timely information about their children’s achievements in the classroom”.
“We will show you your child’s progress on your mobile phone.”
Showing “your child’s progress on your mobile phone” is a usless gimmick, and (more to the point) the standards themselves are a failure:
The number of children passing the national standards in reading, writing and maths has dropped slightly, new figures show.
The percentages of children judged to be at or above the standards last year were 77.8 percent in reading, 75.4 percent in maths and 71.2 percent in writing.
The figures were 0.1-0.3 of a percentage point lower than in 2015 and little different to achievement rates in 2014 and 2013.
Earlier this week, a national survey reported 63 percent of teachers said anxiety about the standards was affecting the performance of some students, up from 41 percent in 2013.
Forty percent of principals told the survey the focus on literacy and mathematics caused by the standards had taken attention away from other aspects of the curriculum. …
Dumbing down a generation: Performance of NZ schoolchildren plummeting
NZ 10-year-olds worst at maths in English-speaking world
Children’s learning not improving under National Standards measurements
The trouble with NZ’s primary schools
What PISA tells us about grade inflation in NCEA
Why no one wants to teach in New Zealand
National’s policies have stuffed education in NZ, and all they can think of to do at this point is to double down on failure. So much for listening to real data. Never mind listening to actual teachers. Let’s fail harder!
Time to change the government.