Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,
Last week I attended a meeting about international testing: the tests used, what was done with this information and how it was presented. The way that this information was presented was what lead to the ‘National Standards’.
I have included down the bottom of this page the important information of how New Zealand pupils do when compared to other O.E.C.D. countries.
But what I think we should always remember is that while numeracy and literacy are important so are other subjects. Our goal is to present a curriculum that produces well rounded happy students as is the goal of the new Zealand Curriculum. To do this we need to acknowledge that we are all different, we have different strengths and weaknesses, we learn at different rates and in different ways.
To support this concept we are holding an information evening next week about targeted home support. It would be great to see you there.
Have a great week.
PISA—Programme for international student assessment. Pisa is an assessment carried out in OECD countries to monitor achievement of 15 Year old students.
PISA 2009 Results for NZ Top performers.
16% of New Zealand students were top performers in reading. OECD average 8%.
Other top performers in high achieving countries: 15% Finland, 19% Shanghai China, 16% Singapore, 13% Australia, 13% Canada.