Govt posts more National Standards data

KATE CHAPMAN
Last updated 09:30 28/09/2012

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The Government has released the National Standards data of more than 2000 schools online today.

Stuff recently published the data received under the Official Information Act for more than 1000 schools.

The release was criticised by some schools and teacher unions.

But Fairfax Media group digital editor Sinead Boucher said Fairfax had been clear the National Standards should not be the be-all and end-all for parents making judgments about schools.

"We do think parents have a right to know this information and don't see any gain at all in schools trying to keep it secret," she said.

The government data shows 76 per cent of Year 1-8 learners reached or exceeded the national standard for reading, 72 per cent in mathematics and 68 per cent for writing.

But around 30 per cent of learners did not reach the standards.

Education Minister Hekia Parata said the publishing of the data was a "significant step" towards improving students' reading, writing and maths.

"We can see where there are children at primary and intermediate schools needing additional support and the Ministry of Education will target resources to those learners in order that they too can succeed," she said.

National Standards were introduced to raise the achievement of children who were falling behind, Parata said.

"Schools have put considerable effort into their reporting and I'd like to thank them for the work they've done."

Information on the Government's Education Counts website was published in the format that schools submitted it.

Schools' Education Review Office reports and annual reports would also be available on the website.

The information can be seen at www.educationcounts.govt.nz.

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