The National Standards came into effect in 2010 for English-medium schools with Years 1 to 8 students. They describe the achievement that will enable all students to achieve success across The New Zealand Curriculum and have been designed so a student who meets them is on track to succeed at National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2.
In the publication, National Standards Information for Schools,1 the Ministry of Education stated:
In this first year of implementation, schools will:
The National Administration Guidelines (NAGs) require schools to report to parents and students progress and achievement in relation to National Standards. From February 2010, schools have been required to report to parents in writing and in plain language, at least twice a year, about how their child is progressing and achieving in relation to the reading, writing, and mathematics standards. The focus of the mid-year report is expected to be on progress towards meeting the standards, with the end‑of‑year report to summarise individual students' progress and achievement in relation to the standards.
Schools were expected to set targets in their 2011 charters that would enable them to report in their 2012 annual report on:2
This report provides good practice examples of how selected schools implemented National Standards. The eight schools included in this report were selected from those reviewed during the 2011 National Standards evaluation. These schools were identified as working well with the National Standards.