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Hon Hekia Parata
Minister of Education
Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement
23 July 2012
Forum recognises the importance of quality data in raising student achievement
The Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement today discussed the importance of quality data in raising achievement, and improving teaching practice with a focus on priority learners.
Education Minister and Forum chair, Hekia Parata, says a sub group tasked with looking at how National Standards data might be used to support student achievement outcomes reported back to the Forum with the principles of a recommended approach.
The broader Forum agreed that: the purpose of the data is to raise achievement for learners; that the reporting will be rich and contextual; that the information will be equally informative for parents as it is for the education system; that as the quality of information improves over time it will be increasingly useful; and that data will help inform where training and support is best provided to schools.
“National Standards information is public information but it needs to be presented in a meaningful and useful way that does not damage schools, and is focused on how student achievement can be raised,’’ says Ms Parata.
“This means coherent, rich and helpful National Standards data, together with contextual information, that will enable parents to know how well their child is doing, how well their school is doing, and for the Government how well the system as a whole is doing.’’
In addition to the National Standards discussion, Chief Education Review Officer Graham Stoop presented the latest Education Review Office findings on how to raise the quality of practice in New Zealand Schools.
His remarks focused on three dimensions: assessment for learning; student centred learning and responsive school level curriculum.
“The Forum will continue to discuss ideas around how we can achieve quality teaching practice, with a focus on priority learners,” says Ms Parata.
The Forum aims to provide collaborative cross-sector leadership and advice to the Minister on a quality achievement programme for education that will help meet the Government’s Better Public Service Targets of 98 per cent of new school entrants having participated in quality early childhood education and 85 per cent of 18 year-olds having achieved NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification over five years.
The Forum, which includes representatives from primary and secondary schools, early learning and tertiary education sectors, unions, business, academics, iwi and educational experts, will meet monthly for the rest of the year.
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