Earlier this year the Government set a new target of at least 80 per cent of children in Year 8 achieving at or above the National Standard in maths and writing or reaching Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori expectations in pāngarau and tuhituhi, by 2021.
But Kaye says too many of our students are still not achieving in the key areas of maths and writing. In 2016, around 70 per cent of Year 8 students achieved at or above the standard in maths and writing, compared to 78 per cent in reading.
“The data also tells us that achievement levels in those subjects are decreasing between years four and eight.
“These figures show we have a lot of work to do if we’re to meet the 80 per cent goal by 2021.”
Kaye says the new Result Action Plan will help teachers analyse their students’ data so they can better target those students who need extra support.
“The plan focuses on better collaboration with the wider community and the social sector, improved teaching through dedicated training, the development of assessment tools and a focus on creating personalised pathways for each child.”
This will work in conjunction with tools like the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) that help show teachers what students understand across maths, reading and writing. Better provision of professional learning and development for teachers has also been promised.