Charter schools report reveals "mixed results"
A recent evaluation report of New Zealand’s eight charter schools showed “mixed results” for student achievement and engagement, with some schools failing to reach their contracted targets in these areas.
Ambitious new targets for writing and maths
The government has set an ambitious new goal of 80 per cent of Year 8 students reaching the national standards in writing and maths by the end of 2021.
When did being ‘average’ become inadequate?
JAMES THOMLINSON, aka 'Mr T', says 'Normal Poppy Syndrome' is affecting kids' progress in and out of the classroom. When did this understanding that you have to be ‘great’ to be ‘great’ become a common culture in New Zealand? he asks.
The Herald's report: the trouble with NZ's primary schools
Thousands of children begin secondary school each year without the reading, writing or maths skills needed to make it through. The Herald's 'The Primary Issue' is the first of a series that looks at what more can be done to raise achievement for all Kiwi kids.
Opinion: No 'easy credits' with Vocational Pathways
Industry Training Federation chief executive JOSH WILLIAMS says we need to look beyond pass rates and focus on the doors that NCEA can open for students.
Reliability of National Standards assessments called into question
A recent report has cast doubts over the reliability of teachers’ National Standards assessments and rises in student achievement.
Maths report raises more questions than answers
A new report has revealed declining standards in children’s numeracy and sparked criticism and controversy about the way Kiwi kids are taught maths.
OPINION: Why did so many students fail UE last year and what needs to be done?
Chris Whelan, Executive Director, Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara discusses why so many students failed University Entrance (UE) in light of the new UE requirements.
Ministry disputes NZEI’s IES claims
The Ministry of Education disputes the NZEI Te Riu Roa’s claim that the Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative favours high-decile schools.
Massey researchers find IES evidence doesn’t stack up
A team of Massey University education policy specialists has highlighted 11 areas of concern about the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success (IES) programme.
More funding needed for all schools to become fully inclusive
An Education Review Office report released yesterday revealed that New Zealand schools are becoming more inclusive. The findings have been welcomed by the sector however some groups say more funding is needed to support students with special needs, so that all schools can become fully inclusive.
Developments for both IES and Better Plan
Last weekend saw developments in both the Government’s Investing in Educational Success (IES) policy and primary teachers’ union NZEI Te Riu Roa’s Better Plan Joint Initiative with the Ministry of Education.
2015 Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards launched
*Education Minister Hekia Parata has launched the 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, which recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching, leadership, community engagement and governance.*
Opinion: Linking STEM programme funding to tertiary teaching practice
PETER COOLBEAR, director of Ako Aotearoa, discusses incentivising established good tertiary teaching practice to help meet government targets for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
What will National Standards look like post-election?
This year’s election is about to hove into view and it’s time once more to consider everybody’s pitch. National Standards is a flagship government policy that’s very much on the line, with the controversy and opposition to its introduction nearly a decade ago refusing to go away. JAYLAN BOYLE considers again some of the main objections and invites Labour’s Chris Hipkins to discuss his version of a post-National Standards world.
Post-intervention: the importance of sustainability
DR PHIL COOGAN says collaborative partnerships and capability transfer are the key to ensuring the sustainability of an intervention.
Lessons learned and looking forward: a changing of the guard at the PPTA
JUDE BARBACK meets with new Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) president Jack Boyle and catches up with his predecessor Angela Roberts.
In pursuit of the elusive and ubiquitous standard
Dr JOHN BOEREBOOM discusses why defining an educational standard is so problematic in both the primary and secondary schooling sectors.
Three major questions for three major education thought leaders
Education Review asks three leading international educationalists – Sugata Mitra, Sir John Jones and Frances Valintine – to respond to three big questions.
How Macs are improving opportunities for Māori leaders
LIZ HAWES discusses how the Ministry of Education, the New Zealand Principals’ Federation and Te Akatea, the Māori Principals’ Association have worked together to develop a professional learning development programme for teachers of Māori learners.
Are league tables a fair way to compare school effectiveness?
DR JOHN BOEREBOOM suggests that a school’s effectiveness should be judged on the basis of how much the students learned from the time they entered the school to the time they left rather than simply relying on a traditional ‘snapshot’ measure in the NCEA exams.
NCEA pass rate targets: a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
DR JOHN BOEREBOOM says the increasing pass rates are masking concerns around the quality of the mix of achievement standards taken by different students to achieve NCEA.
Selecting your research supervisor … it’s your choice!
Dr CHRISTOPHER THEUNISSEN of Manukau Institute of Technology says selecting the right supervisor is an important decision for any research project.
Crossing the threshold
With one professor describing it as “the most important and innovative teaching development in the last 20 years” and an increasing number of faculty and students singing its praises, we find out what is the fuss over the ‘Threshold Concept Theory is all about.
Investing in Educational Success: opinion
PAT NEWMAN thinks teachers and principals should not be fooled by the Government’s “$359 million bolt out of the blue”.
NZ Government’s new education policy
JUDE BARBACK looks at sector reaction to the Government’s proposal to introduce new roles to help lift student achievement.
Venturing into un’charter’ed territory
The opposition to charter schools intensifies with the announcement of the first five partnership schools in New Zealand. JUDE BARBACK weighs up the arguments as the new schools prepare to open their doors.
Leading learning and change across the country
JUDE BARBACK takes a closer look at the Learning and Change Networks initiative that is empowering New Zealand schools to raise achievement – and gaining global recognition.
Signs of a world-class education
Amid a fairly tumultuous year for New Zealand education lurk many, many examples of positive, inspiring learning initiatives.
A collaborative approach to student achievement
Principal WENDY KOFOED shares how a collaborative teaching inquiry model at Newmarket School is helping to raise achievement levels of Māori and Pasifika students.
NCEA vs other systems: the downside of picking sides
The 10th anniversary of NCEA reveals there is still division in the ranks, with many elite schools offering alternative options for students.
Inequality of School Achievement: Why the events of 2012 will not fix the problem
JOHN CLARK examines the long tail of underachievement through key events this year, including the class sizes controversy, charter schools debate, National Standards, and the Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement.
Must try harder: ERO’s report card
Education Review Office’s evaluation report on New Zealand schools was a dose of reality to the sector. With an education system suggested to now be less-than-world-class, what is it going to take to raise student achievement to the levels required? JUD
Public property: schools’ achievement
*The decision to make National Standards results public has angered many schools and unions. But will it help lift performance as predicted?*
League Tables: Learning from experience
If there was a league table for international education systems, New Zealand would likely rank near the top. Will the introduction of primary school league tables see our ranking plummet?
Getting the best from National Standards
Jenny Poskitt advises teachers how to get to grips with Overall Teacher Judgments, to help them get the best out of National Standards for their students.
When “the stare” isn’t enough
VALERIE MARGRAIN discusses the complexities of engaging with challenging behaviour in her new book, Responsive Pedagogy: Engaging Restoratively with Challenging Behaviour.
Are tertiary learning advisors an endangered species?
EMMANUEL MANALO, JENNY MARSHALL and CATH FRASER discuss the benefits of investing in the provision of student learning development programmes.
‘Step Change' treading on eggshells
The recent inter-party report on school choice does not go far enough, argues GREG FLEMING
The seeds of success
Education Review looks at a new study that focuses on the characteristics of successful Māori secondary school students
The government’s Youth Opportunities suite of initiatives promises better things for young people. But could it also be the start of a sea change for secondary schooling in this country? JOHN GERRITSEN reports
In-depth coverage of the big issues in the education sector for teachers, students in their final year of teacher education and education leaders. An invaluable source of information, especially for new teachers and those who mentor them!
Analysing tertiary spending - Bucks and bangs ...
The government applied $4.3 billion in operating expenditure to providers and students in the tertiary sector in 2009. About a quarter of that was spent on supporting students through loans and allowances.
In the eye of the beholder
ROSEMARY CATHCART has been an exponent for Gifted and Talented children for 30 years. She wonders why Māori and Pasifika students are seldom seen on that school roll.
A stake in the ground
Creating a workplace culture can drive improvements but has its challenges.