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National Standards Data

National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics provide signposts that give teachers, children, parents, families and whānau a clear idea of where children are at in their learning and what they have to do next.

From 2010, schools with children in Years 1-8 will be using National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Schools will report to parents, families and whānau in writing at least twice a year on their child’s progress and achievement in these areas, in relation to the National Standards.

The reading, writing and maths standards are used by teachers to:
• plan and teach what your child needs to learn in reading, writing and maths across all curriculum subjects
• work out where your child is at
• work out your child’s next learning steps and set goals for learning, together with you and your child
• report clearly at least twice a year to you about your child’s progress and achievement in relation to the standards.

How will the teacher work out where your child is at?
The teacher will continue to use many different ways to find out where your child is at in reading, writing and maths. This includes:
• using a range of formal tests/assessments
• watching your child working in the classroom
• talking with them about their learning
• your child assessing their own and each other’s work.

Some children will need more time and support to work towards the expected standard. The teacher will work together with you and your child to help them to achieve their next learning goals.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Education website