In our Schools
Auckland's Tamaki College is stacking the odds in favour of its students.
Private school eschews both National Standards and the NCEA, offering a mix of options.
Decile two Manurewa High School has embraced the NCEA and is making gains.
Initial fears about National Standards have eased and they've started to become useful, a principal says.
Parents need to dig below the surface to get the most value out of National Standards, a decile one school finds.
Is it fair to judge pupils against National Standards in literacy when English is not their first language?
Primary school principal has halved achievement targets to make them more realistic.
Parents at a Wellington primary school think the "moral development" of their kids is the most important thing.
Government funding for our schools will only go so far, and the extra money has to come from somewhere.
Case study: Hamilton North School
Hamilton North School is a special school. The pupils all have an intellectual or physical disability.
Case study: Elm Park School
The principal of Elm Park School is a fan of publishing her school's National Standards results.
Case study: Murray's Bay Intermediate
Murray's Bay Intermediate principal Colin Dale is concerned that publishing 'ropey' National Standards results will skew public perception.
Case study: Flat Bush School
Lifting achievement in Pacifika and Maori children gives teachers at Flat Bush School in south Auckland their get-up-and-go every morning.
Case study: Manuka Primary School
A tight budget hasn't stopped Manuka Primary School in Auckland from enrolling more special needs children.
Case study: Springlands School
Springlands School focusses on the difference it can make to children's learning and achievement, rather than on comparison with other schools.
Case study: St Mary's School
National Standards have not helped staff at St Mary's School in Blenheim identify pupils' needs in the areas of reading, writing and maths, the principal says.
Case study: Waerenga School
Waerenga School's principal puts its success down to involving parents in their children's learning and targeting kids who are slipping behind.
Case study: Normanby School
The trick, Normanby School principal Linda Jefferies says, to dealing with thorny issues is confronting them head on.
Case study: Gore Main School
At Gore Main School students are encouraged to reach for the stars.
Case Study: Clyde Primary School
Clyde Primary School in Central Otago has put an emphasis on identifying students who need extra help early.
Case Study: Invercargill Middle School
A growing international roll at the Southern Institute of Technology means an Invercargill primary school has faced some different challenges when implementing National Standards.
Case study: Koraunui School, Stokes Valley
Koraunui School in Wellington's Stokes Valley says National Standards are ''fraught with difficulties".
Case Study: Raroa Normal Intermediate
Raroa Normal Intermediate School has high National Standards achievements, but the principal says it is wrong to expect kids to meet the same levels at the same time.
Case study: Titahi Bay Intermediate
Titahi Bay Intermediate in Porirua fears struggling students will become disheartened by the school's relatively low National Standards scores.
Case study: Henley School
Richmond's Henley School has not let a renewed focus on literacy and numeracy come at the expense of the rest of the curriculum.
Case study: Monrad Intermediate
For the past 20 years, John Forsyth has watched with pride as streams of cornflower blue uniform-clad school children file through Monrad Intermediate's gates.
Case study: Nelson Central School
While reading, writing and maths are fun, Nelson Central School pupil Oliver Lock, 5, prefers art - particularly art he can race.
Case Study: Rhode Street School
''Hello, Mr Ngatai,'' the kids chirp as their principal passes by in the schoolyard.
Case Study: Tiritea School
Tucked among Massey University farmlands in the foothills of the Tararua Ranges, Tiritea School overlooks Palmerston North.
Case study: Tairangi School
Porirua's Tairangi School faces a tall order before it has even started implementing National Standards.