Principals have no faith in league tables

Last updated 15:35 03/07/2012

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

We have no faith in league tables

We, the undersigned, have been asked by Fairfax Media to provide our schools' National Standards data to The Dominion Post.

We believe that it is the intention of the paper to try to use this information to present league tables.

We are reluctant to do so because we have no faith that the data we would be providing is sufficiently robust to be used as comparative data.

We urge parents to think twice before believing the accuracy of any published league tables of schools based on students' National Standards results.

We and principals across the country have no confidence that National Standards are consistent or reliable enough to give parents a true view of how students and their schools are doing.

We are agreed that drawing up a league table of our schools based on our students' results is unfair to both students and schools.

It will result in labelling our schools and communities as "winners" or "losers" in a way that is invalid and unfair.

Parents are better off talking to their children's teacher and visiting their local school if they want to see how effective it is.

Our schools are not afraid of being accountable to our community.

But National Standards and league tables ranking schools will do nothing to improve the quality of our already world-leading education system.

PAUL PATTERSON (Fergusson Intermediate), GLENYS ROGERS (Mangaroa School), JOEL WEBBY (Totara Park School), RICHARD PATTERSON (Maidstone Intermediate), KAYLENE MACNEE (Pinehaven School), PETER DURRANT (Upper Hutt School), SUZANNE SUA (Trentham School), NIGEL FRATER (PLATEAU SCHOOL), PETER AHERN (St Joseph's School), JOHN CHANNER (Fraser Crescent School), PAULA AFOA (Maoribank School), LIBBY HAINSWORTH (St Brendan's School), MOIRA HOWARD (Birchville School).

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