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A parent’s question about National Standards…

questionA mother asked today on the SOSNZ Facebook page:
My 5 year old is presently “Behind the standard” for reading (although he is doing fantastically and is building speed). He is bright, and engaged and I won’t be surprised if he zooms past the “national standards” a few years down the track.
My question is, if he does start out behind, but arrive well ahead of “national standards” will this be taken as evidence that all children learn at different rates, or will it be celebrated as a victory for “national standards”, “proof” that the standards work to lift achievement??

Your thoughts on this are welcome here or on the Facebook page…

~ Dianne


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4 thoughts on “A parent’s question about National Standards…

  1. Knowing this government’s tendency to commit the fallacy of the “confirmation bias”, I suspect it will be used as evidence to support the efficacy of national standards.


    Posted by thejournalofeducation | July 5, 2013, 5:14 pm
    • I agree that it will be. Unfortunate as it is evidence that ALL children learn at different rates…as they always have and always will…standards or no standards.Good question!


      Posted by Kate Williamson | July 6, 2013, 9:37 am
  2. That information will be used to spin your son’s success in whichever way the reformers want it to look to support their agenda.


    Posted by Hannah | July 5, 2013, 5:15 pm
  3. I’m not sure why a five year old should be ‘below the standard’. We are not required to measure against the standard until the child is 6. In my experience, the first reading standard is too ‘high’ for many children anyhow, and the gap to the the standard for those at the end of their second year is not a lot higher. So many children do poorly at the end of their first year at school, and ‘better’ at the end of their second year merely because of the way the standards have been set.


    Posted by Margaret | April 20, 2014, 9:11 am

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