Jody O’Callaghan at Stuff reports:
Meanwhile, teacher unions have launched a campaign to boycott the trial of a computerised national standards assessment tool.
This is a tool designed to mitigate the very issue that some critics of national standards have complained about – inconsistent moderation. A computerised tool to guide teachers (not force, it just suggests where a student is at) seems like a no brainer.
It could be used to introduce performance pay that could see teachers paid according to their pupils’ achievement levels.
So this is what is really motivating them? They will boycott a tool that will improve assessment of pupils, purely because it could be used one day to introduce performance pay.
Is that not the most selfish thing you’ve seen?