St Clair School and the National Standards
Schools are required to report to parents on the progress of their children with reference to the National Standards twice a year. Reports must be written and in plain English.
The standards apply to achievement in:
The National Standards are broadly stated and can be thought of as a band of achievement that children are working towards, working within or working beyond. Teachers are required to make 'overall teacher judgements' when determining a child's level of achievement against the Standards, taking into account multiple sources of information.
The formatting of the National Standards suggest that all children will be achieving at a set point in the curriculum, at a set point in their education. This does not fit with a child-centred approach to learning and makes no allowance for individual rates of learning. This has created a philosophical tension for many teachers. The natural variation in any population means that there is in fact a wide spread of achievement. The key expectations of the National Standards are detailed below.
End of one full year: beginning Level 1 of the curriculum
End of two full years: working at Level 1 of the curriculum
End of three full years: beginning Level 2 of the curriculum
End of Year 4 : working at Level 2 of the curriculum
End of Year 5 : beginning Level 3 of the curriculum
End of Year 6 : working at Level 3 of the curriculum
Student achievement in regard to the Standards is communicated to parents through learning conferences (parent-teacher meetings), written reports and informal chats.
You can read more about the National Standards on the Ministry of Education website:
http://www.minedu.govt.nz/Parents/YourChild/ProgressAndAchievement/NationalStandards.aspx or on the New Zealand Curriculum website: http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/National-Standards