National Standards are being replaced

The Ministry of Education is working with the Government on its policy to replace National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rūmaki Māori with a new system that better acknowledges a child’s progress, and focuses more on developing key competencies for all learners.

Boards of trustees, principals, teachers, and parents will be kept informed on this change. In the interim, our advice is that boards should continue to use the range of current tools they now have for reporting on student progress and achievement. 

Boards are asked to note that the National Administration Guidelines (NAGS), as regards their own planning and reporting processes, and their reporting to parents, students, and to the Ministry of Education, on National Standards, remain in place until officially changed.

National standards

The standards set clear expectations that students need to meet in reading, writing and mathematics in the first 8 years at school.

The standards describe reference points or signposts of achievement at each year level. Assessing progress and achievement in relation to the standards is an integral part of teaching and learning across the New Zealand Curriculum.

Information for schools

National Standards online (external link)

Assessment and Reporting online (external link)

Information for Parents

National Standards information for parents (external link)

Background information

The Ministry of Education consulted on National Standards and plain language reporting with the education sector and parents, families and whānau between 25 May and 3 July 2009. Over 4000 people attended school sector meetings and almost 2150 people attended meetings for parents, family and whānau.

Ngā Whanaketanga Rūmaki Māori (external link) - National Standards in literacy and numeracy in Māori-medium education have also been developed and are available on TKI. Further information on the development of Ngā Whanaketanga Rūmaki Māori is available on this website.

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