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Data just part
of the picture
More to schools than statistics
What did you think of the
publication of schools' national
Will it affect your decision on what
school you may send your children
The Southland School Trustees
Association says parents should
read the new national standards data
Controversially published by the
Ministry of Education for the first
time last week, 2087 schools across
the country were required to report
against the national standards, with
188 not submitting data.
Southland School Trustees Associ-
ation chairman Chris Haines said
the data was useful but it should be
considered along with other edu-
"This data information is public but
must be read in context, in that it is
part of the picture of what is
happening at a school. Not to be read
on its own.
"We have to be careful as it is only
part of the picture of the school.
There are other measures as well,
including ERO (Education Review
He admitted there would be vari-
ations in assessment between
schools but still believed the data
"With everything, there are vari-
ations but the important message is
it gives a picture to the students,
parents and boards and staff, of
where students are at and what
needs to be worked on."
But the data was unlikely to affect
future enrolments, with parents
considering more than just figures.
"I honestly believe that parents take
a lot of factors into account and they
need to be talking to their schools,
especially if there are any concerns.
"You can't just compare schools on
this raw data of assessment . . .''
Education Minister Hekia Parata
agreed and said for parents to get a
complete picture of their child's
school they needed to look at schools'
ERO and annual reports.
"They also need to talk to principals,
teachers, schools trustees and other
Ms Parata said a key reason the
Government wanted schools' infor-
mation out in the public domain was
to get parents, family, whanau and
schools talking with each other
about how their children were doing
and how to improve their learning.
"We can see where there are
children at primary and intermedi-
ate schools needing additional
support and the Ministry of Edu-
cation will target resources to those
learners in order that they too can
Charlie Winter, who started at Windsor North school on
MAKING THE GRADE
Champs success for Southland trio
Southland's Caleb Young and sisters
Ella and Claudia Smith, performed
well at the New Zealand under-13
badminton championships in Nel-
son. Caleb made the semifinals of the
boys' plate and the boys' doubles,
with Josh Kellett, from Otago. Caleb
and Ella made the mixed doubles
quarterfinals. Ella won the under-13
girls' plate and was fourth with
Claudia in the girls' doubles. Claudia
was knocked out in the girls' singles
plate semis and got to the mixed
doubles quarterfinals with Josh.
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