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National standards – a failed crusade

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, May 3rd, 2016 - 260 comments


National told us “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.”

National standards aren’t

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, June 3rd, 2015 - 67 comments


Further evidence that “national standards” are an omnishambles.

National standards nonsense

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, June 12th, 2013 - 34 comments


If there was a national standard in scientific method than the right wing spinsters talking up yesterday’s national standards results would all fail it.

Inflexible national standards labels kids failures

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, October 16th, 2012 - 51 comments

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Did you know that national standards must be completed in written form and there is no provision for extra time or oral answers from students (oops, sorry, ‘learners’ in Parata-speak) with disabilities? At high school and uni, if you have the need, you get these things. National’s stupid national standards have no such flexibility. Instead, they label you a failure.

97% of teachers are useless – right?

Written By: - Date published: 11:24 am, October 6th, 2012 - 12 comments


Teachers are terrible at national standards. Almost half of them get them wrong, on one standard 97% of teachers were wrong. This is an outrage! Teachers are terrible!! Right? Am I right? Or is there an alternative hypothesis…

National Standards Solve Nothing

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, September 24th, 2012 - 85 comments


Reprinted with permission from Dave Kennedy (bsprout) at Local Bodies. “While National Standards has cost around $60 million to force onto schools many programmes designed to address the causes of underachievement have been under resourced or cut altogether.”

Standards slipping

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 22nd, 2012 - 135 comments


So the first ‘ropey’ National Standards data is slipping out. It may not bear comparison, and not be moderated or indeed standardised, but Hekia Parata can now divulge the great wisdom that National’s StandardsTM provides.

Education, evidence, and a tale of two leaders

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, September 10th, 2012 - 86 comments


Shearer has set out some bold new ideas for education. Key is clinging to failed national standards. Shearer’s views are well supported by the successful Finnish model, while Key’s are condemned by failures in the UK and USA. Does the evidence matter?

Sex National Standards

Written By: - Date published: 2:46 pm, August 29th, 2012 - 8 comments


On decile ratings of schools

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, August 21st, 2012 - 20 comments


Decile ratings of schools are to be dropped from ERO reports because they are “confusing” and “unfair” and lead to “white flight”. Unlike, say, ropey national standards data. Uh huh.

Nats’ education plans make sense after all

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, August 11th, 2012 - 33 comments


How to explain National’s blatant inconsistency in not requiring national standards for charter schools? After further reflection, I think it makes sense after all…

Education and poverty

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, August 5th, 2012 - 45 comments


No one can fix the tail of educational underachievement without fixing poverty.

Incoherent education policy

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, August 3rd, 2012 - 211 comments


The right hand of National’s education policy doesn’t know what the far-right hand is up to…

100 academics opposed to league tables

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, July 17th, 2012 - 154 comments


School league tables are harmful to education.  Tables based on “ropey data” are even worse.  In this open letter 100 academics speak out against league tables.

While I have your attention class…

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, June 8th, 2012 - 6 comments


While the public’s attention is focused on educational issues, use the platform to press for change on the Nats other damaging educational initiatives, national standards and charter schools.

Ideological blindness on education

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, April 18th, 2012 - 49 comments


The Nats are determined to ignore the evidence on the harm caused by charter schools, just as they are ignoring evidence on the damage done by national standards. This willingness to harm kids, as incidental pawns in their ideological games, really pisses me off.

National standards aren’t

Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, March 16th, 2012 - 34 comments


The predicted problems created by a “national standards” system are coming home to roost already.

National standards fail in America

Written By: - Date published: 11:49 am, February 10th, 2012 - 51 comments


New Zealand schools achieve excellent results and are very cost effective. The Nats are determined to break this great system via the introduction of national standards. They’re ignoring the advice of their own experts, and all the international evidence. But will they be able to ignore the now self-evident failure of standards based testing in America, as Obama pulls the plug on No Child Left Behind?

ImperatorFish: Not Irony #2

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, December 8th, 2011 - 38 comments

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Scott at Imperator Fish has kindly given us permission to syndicate posts from his blog – the original of this post is here

David Farrar is running National’s line that anything the teachers don’t want must be good for the education of our children…


Nats’ education policy

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, November 22nd, 2011 - 35 comments


The Nats’ education policy came out yesterday and, predictably, it’s ideologically driven nonsense that will damage children.  Worst aspects, league tables (almost universally condemned by experts and experience) and a proposal for the Nats to specify a “personality test” to select teachers.

Education Standards and National Standards

Written By: - Date published: 6:01 pm, September 14th, 2011 - 50 comments

School Children

The guys at RSA Animate provide their illustative talents to a quite brilliant and wide ranging lecture by Sir Ken Robinson on the topic of education. In the space of just over 10 minutes, he ranges from it’s industrial beginnings to its doped out, standardised present and argues finally, that educationally we’re  heading in exactly the wrong direction and suggests alternatives.

A school board member writes

Written By: - Date published: 4:44 pm, September 11th, 2011 - 73 comments


The other night I resigned from the bot of my local school. My experience in the field of education is fairly varied, with time on both sides of the chalkface as it were. … the bot has been forced by the government, through the moe to include national standards, and I can’t in good conscience be a party to such foolishness.

Boards Taking Action

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, September 8th, 2011 - 132 comments


RNZ had the news this morning that the schools most strongly opposing the nonsense of “national standards” – the Boards Taking Action Coalition – have decided to change their tactics.

Welcome to Finland

Written By: - Date published: 6:54 am, August 31st, 2011 - 57 comments


Where National Standards is only the answer to “what keeps other countries from catching our education system?”

Tolley’s delusions of relevance

Written By: - Date published: 1:55 pm, August 17th, 2011 - 53 comments


More and more schools are standing up and saying No to national standards.  Naturally, Tolley thinks it’s all about her.

Rebel schools

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, July 2nd, 2011 - 63 comments


Yesterday was crunch day for schools who oppose the governments national standards, and a surprising number have made a very bold stand.  But according to Tolley: “Look, it’s election year, so anything goes”…

Herald: Tolley must go

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, January 24th, 2011 - 17 comments

anne tolley as emperor palpatine

Today’s Herald editorial explores Auckland Grammar’s decision to ditch NCEA in favour of the Cambridge exams and the support this elitism, which undermines the NCEA system, has received from Anne Tolley. Never shy to give helpful advice to its favoured PM, the Herald tells Key it’s time to rid himself of the incompetent Tolley.

Kids Tolley’s election year cannon-fodder

Written By: - Date published: 2:16 pm, January 23rd, 2011 - 31 comments

anne tolley as emperor palpatine

The international evidence that National Standards don’t work is conclusive. Only 20% of schools are ready to implement them and over 300 schools are refusing all together. What’s our Minister for Education’s response to the objections of people who have dedicated their lives to education? A declaration of war – using the kids against the teachers.

One Rule for Some

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, January 20th, 2011 - 44 comments


Auckland Grammar School (that most private of public schools) has decided that NCEA isn’t good enough for them and that it doesn’t meet the needs of its community. When 300+ Primary Schools said the same about National Standards Minister Tolley threatened Boards of Trustees with the sack, threatened with extra visits by ERO and a cut in funding.

Standards don’t make the grade

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, December 9th, 2010 - 19 comments


Yesterday, the OECD released its annual comparison of educational achievement in different countries. This study compares half a million kids’ aptitude in reading, maths, and science. Kiwi kids come out pretty damn well: 7th in reading, 13th in maths, 8th in science. And, guess what, we beat countries with National Standards hands down.

What really rankles about National’s Standards

Written By: - Date published: 5:17 pm, November 22nd, 2010 - 33 comments

Kids Can get it.
“Kids Can is dedicated to removing barriers preventing less fortunate children from getting the most out of education.”

Anne Tolley prefers instead to concentrate on the diversion that is National’s Standards. It must be easier implementing a political slogan than actually doing her job.

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