Schools to be informed of decile review



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Schools that have applied for a review of their decile recalculation will be advised of the outcome over the next ten days.

Deputy Secretary for Student Achievement, Dr Graham Stoop, confirmed that 160 schools had asked for a review following last year’s recalculation.

“That recalculation was based on information from the 2013 Census and saw about a third of schools go up in decile, a third go down, and the rest were unchanged. That’s very similar to what happened when it was done in 2007.

“There are 2406 schools and we encouraged any of them who felt their decile wasn’t right to ask for a review. We heard from about seven percent of them and did further work with those schools. As a result 85 are moving to a lower decile rating and the other 75 have had their rating confirmed.”

The increased funding for the 85 schools moving to a lower decile will be backdated.

Dr Stoop said Ministry staff will be talking with all of the 160 schools who requested a review before the end of next week to explain the outcomes.  After that is completed, the information will be released.

There is another review opportunity later this year for schools that experience a change in circumstances.

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