National Standards came into effect in New Zealand schools with pupils in Years 1 to 8 in 2010. The standards set clear expectations that students need to meet in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics during their first eight years at school.
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.
At Aquinas College students are judged against the National Standards at the end of Terms 2 and 4 in both Year 7 and Year 8.
WRITTEN REPORT – TERM 2
The first National Standards Report is issued in Week 9 of Term 2. Student portfolios at this stage of the year include key diagnostic testing documents, students work and some subject asessments.
STUDENT LED CONFERENCE – TERM 3
There is a Student Led Conference held at the beginning of Term 3 to discuss any issues from your child’s report
WRITTEN REPORT – TERM 4
The second National Standards report is issued in Week 8 of Term 4. This report covers the entire year of work for your child with information from disgnostic testing, subject tests and classrom work.
Teachers use a variety of assessments to gain an overall picture of the level that your child is working at. These may include formal tests, classwork, assignments or homework. A teacher then makes an Overall Teacher Judgement (OTJ) to see if your child is well below, below, at or above the National Standard for that subject. It is important to note that all effort is given to ensure that students are not assessed against the National Standards based on one test or one piece of work.
National Standards in the Curriculum -Website
National Standards QandA – Website