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Bigger class sizes – this is our brighter future?

“The increases in class size will affect 90 percent of schools, according to the Minister.

The “savings of $43 million” a year means 215 million dollars worth of primary teacher positions lost over the next five years.   The Government says the savings will be used to beef up “teacher appraisal”.

This looks like bigger class sizes will pay for performance pay.

No other country that has adopted standardised testing and then used student results to measure teacher performance has improved their student outcomes. Many – like the US, UK and Sweden – are way below New Zealand, and tracking downwards, on international PISA results.

Class sizes matter, particularly to the students who are struggling the most.

Excerpt from NZEI website, retrieved 3.6.12

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