4 Dec 2019

Classroom disruption, less reading blamed for poor test scores

From Checkpoint, 5:55 pm on 4 December 2019

Principals and researchers agree that a declining love of reading and rising classroom disruption could be to blame for New Zealand's poor results in a major international test.

Our 15-year-olds' scores in the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment are now lower than they were a decade ago by a factor equivalent to nearly a year's education.

Researchers say the long-term decline in reading, science and maths will take years to rectify.

RNZ education correspondent John Gerritsen has the story.