National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki

The Ministry of Education will work with the education sector to remove National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori.

We want to focus on children’s progress and achievement, across the wider curricula, while not forgetting the importance of foundation skills of literacy and numeracy, te reo matatini and pāngarau.

The change will better acknowledge the different ways and pace at which all children learn, and the progress they are making, no matter how big or small. It will also support teachers to provide more learning opportunities based on what your child already knows and can do.

What will this mean for my child?

Removing National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori won’t interrupt your child or young person’s day-to-day learning. However, you may start to see changes in the reports you receive on their progress and achievement.

While it is important to know how well they are achieving in the different learning areas, we all progress at different rates and start from different places.

We want you to be able to see the progress they’re making, no matter how big or small, so that teachers, kaiako and whānau support young people can take the next big step in their learning journey.

So that you get this important information, teachers and kaiako will continue to assess your child or young person’s learning, across all areas of The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

How will I know how my child is doing in the interim?

Your school or kura will continue to report to you on your child’s progress and achievement. However, they are not required to use National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga to do so. 

You will continue to receive reports, at least twice a year, on your child’s progress and achievement in maths, reading and writing or aromatawai in pānui, kōrero, tuhituhi and pāngarau. When and how this is done is up to schools, kura and their communities.

The reports you receive should help you understand how your child is progressing, what steps the school is taking if your child isn’t progressing as well as they could, and what you can do to support your child's education at home.

You can talk with your school or kura if you want to know more about their approach to reporting. You can also talk to the school or kura about what you would like to be included in school reports, as they are for parents and should provide you with the information you need to understand how your child is doing and how you can help.

How can I tell how my child’s school or my local schools are doing?

Education Review Office (ERO) reports on your local community’s schools are the best guide to their performance, the quality of their teaching and school leadership, and the steps they are taking to progress your child’s learning.

These reports provide a much more comprehensive picture of the quality of your local schools than does National Standards data.

The Ministry will continue to collect a range of information to support students’ achievement and progress. Information on the how children, or groups of children, are progressing and achieving nationally, will come from the National Monitoring of Student Achievement (NMSA) study.

These studies test several thousand children each year on different areas of the curriculum. International studies will also help provide parents, whānau as well as schools, kura, and the Ministry, with valuable information on student progress and achievement.




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