Literacy Standards Slip
New Zealand reading levels have slipped in the latest international comparisons, and many in the education sector are blaming national standards.
New Zealand‘s score in the Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study (known as PIRLS) has dropped to below the median level for the first time, however within the statistics there are different stories for different groups of children.
The drop has come about because those students traditionally performing at the top level have dropped significantly, which some experts say is because of the focus on reaching the standards. Pakeha children have dropped in reading levels by about 13 points on a scale to an average of 545. However Pasifika girls have advanced in reading by about 18 points, while Pasifika boys have stayed around the same level.
The Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the results show the emphasis on national standard has not worked, and he is now focused on improving teacher quality.
Here’s a link to a Herald article on the standards. And you can download the full report here.