17 Dec 2010

Confidence in national standards 'falling'

10:24 am on 17 December 2010

A survey by the primary teachers' union indicates most principals have less confidence in the national standards than they did at the start of the year.

The New Zealand Educational Institute survey of 500 principals found nearly 59% of respondents were less confident in the standards than they were at the start of the year, while only 18% were more confident.

Of the survey's respondents, 16% were very or somewhat confident in the standards, while 69% were not very confident or severely lacking confidence.

The survey also indicates 21% of schools are not implementing the standards in reading, writing and maths or are deferring implementation.