The School Report website now has National Standards results for more than 2000 schools nationwide.
This was the first time National Standards results had been made public in New Zealand - a move that infuriated teachers' union the New Zealand Educational Institute, who said it would hurt the self-confidence of schools considered "not up to standard". You can read more about our decision to publish the data here or here.
The release of National Standards data to Stuff came after many months of resistance, obstruction and stalling tactics from unions and hundreds of schools. Fairfax Media obtained and analysed nationwide results and published them, with the site initially going live with the results of more than 1000 schools.
Many principals and academic experts insist the data is still too unreliable and should not be used to compare performances between schools. Other principals released their data promptly to Stuff without complaint and in the wake of School Report's release, some contacted us to say they welcomed the project and any work that led to debate about the merits of the National Standards system.
On the site, users can search by school or location and can opt to make a shortlist of schools to compare. Each school has an information page where we have entered as much contextual information as we reasonably can. That includes decile, roll, breakdown by ethnicity, funding and - importantly - a link to the school's latest ERO report. National Standards results can also be viewed, where they've been provided by the school, by gender and by ethnicity.
In the weeks since the September launch, Stuff has continued to update the results using data released by the Education Ministry on their Education Counts site or from information obtained directly from the school.
The small number of schools without data are those whose results Stuff have either found too difficult to interpret, can not locate or have not been returned to the ministry.