The Government is irresponsibly and recklessly scrapping National Standards without having a detailed nationwide system
of progression to replace it with, leaving parents in the dark about their children’s achievement, National Party
Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.
“Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ decision to no longer compel schools to report annually on National Standards to the
Ministry of Education from 2018 is bad news for parents and could have negative and far-reaching consequences across the
education sector,” Ms Kaye says.
“While Mr Hipkins is saying parents will still get reports, there is no clarity about what exactly will be required of
teachers to report on. He’s even said some schools can keep using National Standards which just creates confusion for
schools and parents.
“There are currently no nationwide tools that cover the whole of the curriculum to measure progression. This means
questions remain around exactly what work will be involved for teachers in reporting progression.
“The decision flies in the face of Treasury advice that the Government should delay scrapping National Standards until
they have a new system to replace it with, to prevent a gap in system-level information on how schools are performing.
“Without this information there will also be huge difficulty targeting funding to schools for students who need extra
support to help lift their achievement.
“Mr Hipkins did not need to do this – he should have waited until he had figured out a replacement system. Instead, just
as schools are breaking up for the year he has made a rash decision that will leave parents with questions about what
information they will be able to get from their school on their child’s achievement next year.
“National has previously supported a shift to progression alongside National Standards information but we expected to
take several years to progressively move to this.
“This Minister is consistently displaying a rash and ideological approach to our education system, and it is parents and
students who will be worse off for it.”