Just one in 10 school principals support the type of national standards for pupils being proposed by the National Party, a study reported in the NZ Herald suggests:
National education standards are favoured by:
* 10% of the 196 primary school principals surveyed.
* 13% of the 912 primary school teachers surveyed.
* 38% of the 329 primary school board trustees surveyed.
* 10% of the 194 high school principals surveyed.
* 25% of the 818 high school teachers surveyed.
* 31% of the 278 high school board trustees surveyed.
It confirms a previous stance from school principals:
The New Zealand Principal Federation (NZPF) is very disappointed with National’s proposed education policy, which is looking to introduce compulsory national testing.
‘National testing is such an old-fashioned idea,’ says NZPF President Paddy Ford. ‘What’s more, it is ineffective. In every country where national testing has been imposed, learning outcomes have not increased. National testing is, quite simply, a backward step.’
Maybe it’s back to the white board for Nationals education policy?