The Education Minister’s moves to remove National Standards and introduce new reporting measures will hopefully address parents’ concerns about quality of the information they receive about their child’s achievement in learning areas not included in the National Standards.

The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER)’s 2016 National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools revealed 85 per cent of parents and whānau indicated they received clear information about their child’s achievement in relation to National Standards for reading, writing, and mathematics, however they were less satisfied with information about achievement in subjects outside the National Standards.

Over three-quarters of parents and whānau rated the quality of information they received from school about their child’s progress, achievement, behaviour, and attendance/lateness as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

The NZCER survey also showed school newsletters and school visits are the most useful sources of information for parents.

Senior Researcher Linda Bonne said over half of parents surveyed said a school visit or open day had helped them, with school websites a distant second at 19 per cent.

The NZCER survey got responses from 504 parents and whānau with children at a cross-section of 31 English-medium state and state-integrated primary and intermediate schools. These schools were a subset of a representative sample of 349 schools at which principals, teachers, and trustees were also surveyed. The survey was conducted from August to September 2016.

The findings have been released in a series of reports, all of which are available on the NZCER website. The report ‘Parent and whānau perspectives on their child’s schooling’ is available at: http://www.nzcer.org.nz/principals_national_survey_2016

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