The following message has been developed between the Ministry and in consultation with Hon Chris Hipkins, the Minister of Education:

The Ministry of Education is working with the Government on its policy to replace National Standards and Ngā Whanaketanga Rūmaki Māori with a new system that better acknowledges a child’s progress, and focuses more on developing key competencies for all learners.  Boards of Trustees, principals, teachers, and parents will be kept informed on this change.

In the interim, our advice is that boards should continue to use the range of current tools they now have for reporting on student progress and achievement.

Boards are asked to note that the National Administration Guidelines (NAGS), as regards their own planning and reporting processes, and their reporting to parents, students, and to the Ministry of Education, on National Standards, remain in place until officially changed.

This message will be shared with all schools via this week’s Bulletin for School Leaders.