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Another family says no to National Standards

Just a wee reminder to parents in New Zealand that you can opt out of having National Standards information reported to you and/or your child.


Save Our Schools NZ

no thank you

More and more people are telling their schools they do not want to know their child’s National Standards levels.

This one is the latest:

Dear [principal],

We are incredibly pleased with xxxxxxx School and the excellent work done to settle our boy, xxxxx, and others into Year 1. We are thrilled with the work [his teacher] does in room xxx and the effect her teaching has on xxxxx’s learning and behaviour. We are kept very well informed of xxxxx’s achievements and goals, which helps us to support and reinforce his learning. Information we share regarding key competencies also helps us all focus together developing skills such as teamwork, application, risk-taking, creativity and personal control. We honestly could not wish for more or speak more highly of xxxxx’s experience or of [his teacher].

However, we do have one looming issue, and that is National Standards. We do not support National Standards. We do…

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3 thoughts on “Another family says no to National Standards

  1. It would be interesting to know the school’s response to this and what they did do when it came to reporting to the parents regarding NS.

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    Posted by Melulater | April 1, 2015, 10:56 am
    • He Melanie, the school replied orally via the child’s teacher that the request would be met, and at the two subsequent parent/teacher/child conferences the child’s current skills and abilities were outlined for numeracy, literacy and key competencies (e.g. managing self) along with specific next steps. All three written reports since then have had blank boxes for the National Standards level, with the comments parts completed in the same manner as they were for all other students. The school undertook the same in-school tests as for all other children and the data still went to ministry, just not to the family. The family is happy with the outcome.


      Posted by Save Our Schools NZ | April 1, 2015, 6:36 pm
  2. Awesome.


    Posted by Melulater | April 3, 2015, 1:06 am

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