You should not compare apples with oranges. But what about schools? As it turns out, comparing schools with schools can be just as problematic. School composition can vary significantly between different deciles and within the same decile. Some of these differences include prior student academic achievement, the student’s parents’ level of education, and the student’s parents’ average income. We know from the vast amounts of education research that these student characteristics (which are outside the control of the school) are... Read more
Education is the cornerstone of any successful country. If New Zealand is to be successful in the future, we must ensure that students are equipped with the skills to assist them into meaningful employment. So why do failing schools stay open? Do parents receive sufficient information about school performance?
Our current research analyses the policy settings preventing the school system from learning from failure and adapting. It focuses on zoning, decile funding, public information about school quality, treatment of failing schools, and how the system identifies and deals with failing teachers. We will also discuss performance management, performance pay, and school performance statistics.