The NZ Herald reports:
Protests by hundreds of schools against national standards in reading, writing and maths have been called off.
Schools are required to report on students’ learning in relation to national standards, however, many schools have refused to include the standards in their charters this year.
They faced statutory intervention if they did not.
Yesterday, the Boards Taking Action Coalition (BTAC) recommended schools who had opposed including national standards in their charter alter it to include them, but make it clear the school was forced into it, BTAC spokesman Perry Rush said.
I suspect the reason they have done this, is they realise Trevor Mallard is not going to become Minister of Education in 11 weeks time. They were hoping they could outlast Anne Tolley, but they failed.
It has been such a fuss about nothing. The national standards are a minor but useful additional reporting requirement. Schools keep all their current assessment tools. All that is required of them is to moderate those against the national standard framework and include that extra data in school reports, and provide it to the Government so the government has some comparable data.Tags: Anne Tolley, national standards