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Reliability of National Standards assessments called into question

A recent report has cast doubts over the reliability of teachers’ National Standards assessments and rises in student achievement.

Curriculum, the culprit?

SHANE KENNEDY discusses why he believes rhetoric is masking poor education in New Zealand.

The primary years – NZC, Cambridge or IB?

While the vast majority of New Zealand primary schools follow The New Zealand Curriculum, a small number favour the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme or the Cambridge International Primary Programme. Here, proponents of each system discuss the relative merits and weaknesses.

NCEA vs other systems: the downside of picking sides

The 10th anniversary of NCEA reveals there is still division in the ranks, with many elite schools offering alternative options for students.

The write path to remedial spelling

The campaigner, the Ministry, and the schools. JUDE BARBACK considers the different stances when it comes to addressing remedial spelling in schools.

The big debate: performance pay for teachers

Education Review considers different opinions on the Ministry of Education’s controversial ‘performance pay for teachers’ initiative.

Transportability of NCEA overseas

How do NCEA qualifications stack up in other countries? ANGELA PEREZ of NZQA reports.

Phonics is the big debate

AGAINST: Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Otago. FOR: Massey University.
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