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Teachers challenge unscientific policy

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More than 300 education professionals are meeting in Wellington this week to discuss equity, accountability, and how government policy is ignoring educational research.

The government has cited under-achievement by Maori, Pasifika and other students as justification for reforms around testing and standards.

But NZEI Te Riu Roa national president Judith Nowotarski says there is a growing body of academic research showing that governments around the world are blatantly ignoring best-practice evidence in developing education policy.

She says the Taking Stock: Moving Forward conference is hearing from education experts from the US, UK and Australia about the effects of high stakes testing and educational reforms overseas that New Zealand is emulating.

The conference will also hear from Waikato University Professor Martin Thrupp about his three-year research project on the impact of National Standards on the culture and focus in primary schools.

Ms Nowatarski says teachers welcome genuine accountability but National Standards fails to provide that.

 

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