This ERO report is part of a series of reports being published over three years about the implementation of the National Standards in English-medium schools, with students in Years 1 to 8. Working with the National Standards within The New Zealand Curriculum,was published in August 2010. An interim report, Working with the National Standards: ERO’s interim findings for Term 3, 2010 was published in November 2010.
The National Standards came into effect in 2010 for English-medium schools with Year 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,the Ministry of Education stated:
In this first year of implementation, schools are expected to:
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 focus on the summary of individual student’s progress and achievement in relation to the standards. ERO was interested in schools’ preparation to meet these reporting requirements.
Schools are expected to set targets in their 2011 charters that will enable them to report in their 2012 annual report on:
ERO was therefore interested in what schools were doing to prepare to set targets in their 2011 charters.
In this second cycle of data gathering, ERO investigated: