20 Apr 2011

Schools ignore request for achievement targets

9:12 pm on 20 April 2011

Most primary and intermediate schools have ignored a request by the Ministry of Education to supply targets for student achievement by the start of the year.

Despite that, the number of schools that have so far sent targets to the ministry is more than three times than the same time last year.

The ministry asked 2200 schools with children in years one to eight to send it their charters by the start of February.

The charters are expected to include targets based on the national standards in reading, writing and maths.

The ministry says it has received 788 charters. Of the 580 it has analysed, 90% include targets based on national standards.

But a coalition of boards opposed to the standards says hundreds of schools that are not using the standards are not sending their charters until 1 July.

Acting education minister Tony Ryall says the vast majority of schools is implementing the standards in a professional manner.

The ministry says the number of charters received to date is nearly three times the number received at the same time last year.