Forum commits to raising achievement goalBy Hekia Parata, Minister of Education
Kia Ora everyone
In my last column, I mentioned we were preparing for our first Cross-sector Forum meeting on Raising Achievement. I am delighted that just before the school holidays we had that meeting.
Parents will be pleased to know that it was a successful one in that the Forum has agreed to work together on achieving success for all learners.
As we all know our education system is amongst the best in the world with four out of five kids successfully working towards getting the qualifications they need at school. But our goal is about getting five out of five.
In the Forum we have the expertise and support of the wider education sector. It was great to agree on a common goal of improving education outcomes for every single learner
The team aims to provide collaborative cross-sector leadership and advice on a quality achievement programme for education that will help meet the Government’s Better Public Service Targets of 98 per cent of new school entrants having participated in quality early childhood education and 85 per cent of 18 year-olds having achieved NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification over five years.
We agreed that New Zealand has an education achievement challenge in front of it and opportunities exist for all learners to improve their educational outcomes.
Putting the learner first, the Forum commenced the task of identifying the key issues which must be addressed in four areas: quality teaching; smarter use of achievement information at individual, school and national levels; strengthening the performance and accountability of schools and education agencies for student achievement; and learning environments that are fit for purpose in the 21st century
Over the coming months the Forum, which includes representatives from primary and secondary schools, early learning and tertiary education sectors, unions, business, academics, Pacific and iwi and educational experts, will collaborate in small sub groups to identify, clarify, and progress system issues in the four areas.
We have an opportunity to propel our education system, and all our learners, to greater levels of achievement.
Remember, this has always been about five out of five kids successfully working towards getting the qualifications they need for better life choices.
In August, I will begin travelling across the country to engage with parents and communities and to answer questions you may have on our focus of Raising Achievement. I look forward to meeting you then.
To our NCEA learners, enjoy your holidays. Return to school refreshed and with zeal to make your mark on raising your achievement. And we will do our upmost to support you.