Cough, cough - turns out National Standards that the Herald on Sunday and John Hartevelt rushed to promote to sell newspapers are even more bullshit than originally thought...
A test of teachers' understanding of the national standards has exposed a high error rate that is casting doubt on schools' results.
A report for the Ministry of Education says teachers asked to judge examples of children's writing against the standards got it wrong 49% of the time, and in maths the error rate was 39%.
It says when teachers were wrong, they tended to rate work better than it was. The ministry says the error rate in schools' final results will not be as high, because these are based on several examples of each child's work. But the report says the results call into question the dependability of teachers' assessments.
...ouch. Bloggers warned the mainstream media not to use these ridiculous national standards, but they did anyway.
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