24 Oct 2009

Teachers' union to hold forum on new standards

7:45 am on 24 October 2009

The primary teachers' union, the NZEI, is to hold a forum on the Government's national standards policy for primary schools.

The NZEI says the standards, launched by the Prime Minister on Friday, are causing upheaval in the school sector.

The union says next month's forum for teachers, assessment experts and researchers will look at the standards in the context of what schools aim to achieve for students.

NZEI president Frances Nelson says the main issue for the forum is to ensure schools focus on improving students' performance in all subjects in the curriculum.

The standards measure the achievement of all primary school children in reading, writing and mathematics.

Schools will have to publicly report within two years how many of their students have reached the new standards.

The standards will be brought in next year.