Letter from New Zealand Secondary Principals' Council chairperson Julia Davidson to the Minister for Education Anne Tolley regarding the proposal for National Standards in years 9 and 10.
This letter was published in the August 2011 PPTA News.
Dear Mrs Tolley,
Thank you for your very clear comment in The Dominion Post that, despite Gary Hawke’s recommendations, national standards will not be extended to years 9 and 10.
You have been consistent with this message and we support you in that decision. Introducing national standards for these two years would be adding yet another layer to an already overly assessed secondary school system.
As you are aware most secondary schools use assessment tools for teaching (asTTle) or progressive achievement test (PATs) for testing in the junior school and these results are usually discussed with the students themselves and parents.
There is so much material we can give the students so they understand the level they are attaining – how else would we be able to give them good guidance about their pathways for the senior school?