Posted by: PPTAweb
on 29, Nov, 2011
Tagged in: teaching
, student achievement
, social disadvantage
, National Standards
, education politics
Growing inequities - so what?
Today was spent in Tauranga, participating in the NZARE (NZ Association for Research in Education) conference (well listening anyway).
Professor Robert Tierney was the opening keynote speaker "Growing inequities: how do we contribute" was the title of his address.
Posted by: Cynic
on 17, Aug, 2010
Been following stories and tweets about the name and shame approach of the Los Angeles Times’ article, “Who’s teaching L.A.’s kids?” (August 14th).
It led me to some interesting and valuable research including the IES report Error Rates in Measuring Teacher and School Performance Based on Student Test Score Gains:
Our results are largely driven by findings from the literature and new analyses that more than 90 percent of the variation in student gain scores is due to the variation in student-level factors that are not under the control of the teacher. Thus, multiple years of performance data are required to reliably detect a teacher's true long-run performance signal from the student-level noise. In addition, our reported sample requirements likely understate those that would be required for an ongoing performance measurement system, because our analysis ignores other realistic sources of variability, such as the nonrandom sorting of students to classrooms and schools (Schochet & Chiang, 2010, p.35)
Posted by: Observer
on 19, Jul, 2010
According to John Key teachers aren't interested in kids and learning. Look at this quote from his speech to the National Party last weekend
Friends, this Government has made a choice. That choice is to put the future of our children and this country ahead of the interests of those who resist change even when the status quo had been so clearly failing our children .
Thanks John. Nice to know you care and understand. It makes me think the unionists protesting outside are on to something with that rat image not only does it bear a passing resemblance to the man himself but it links back to Tolley's visit to the PPTA executive when she read them a story about Riley the Rat who learned "how to be happy with less".
Posted by: Albatross
on 03, Mar, 2010
It is interesting that MoE officials have turned to slogans in an effort to sell National Standards.
This is no doubt a response to the dearth of data supporting such a programme.
The current slogan is “The kids can’t wait” As with all good advertising, the sentence is never completed.
Posted by: Winged Avenger
on 17, Feb, 2010
A 2009 MOE report released under the OIA tells the minister that National Standards will “improve [MOE] ability to compare performance across primary and intermediate schools.” The ministry already uses “National Qualification statistics to monitor secondary schools performance.”
The report goes on to detail possible interventions for schools with low achievement. These range from voluntary school improvement initiatives, to statutory managers or even school closure. The ministry plans to expand its use of statutory interventions, rather than saving them as a last resort.
The report asks the minister to “direct the ministry to develop a coherent intervention framework for schools, for an environment where student achievement information will be used to decide which schools warrant intervention.”