The National party introduced a policy of National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics for primary-aged students when it became the government in 2008. Draft standards were released for consultation in May 2009 and the standards introduced at the beginning of the 2010 school year.
NZCER has been involved with the National Standards in a number of ways. For example, in November 2008, we wrote a position paper which set down the underlying principles we felt were important and outlined the international experience and the potential pitfalls of national standards.
Researchers acted as advisers to both the literacy and numeracy working groups developing the standards within the Ministry of Education; we were contracted by the Ministry to analyse the submissions on the draft standards; and we have been consulted on the script scrutiny exercise which aimed to align existing tests with the National Standards.
NZCER papers and material relevant to the National Standards are posted here.