New Zealand educational achievement has dropped significantly
in the core subjects of science, maths and reading, according
to an OECD report.
Labour education spokesman Chris Hipkins revealed the details
of the report - which is due for release this evening - in
the House today.
It showed that New Zealand's ranking had fallen from 7th to
18th in science, 12th to 23rd in maths and 7th to 13th in
Education Minister Hekia Parata said she could not comment on
the details of the report because it would not be released
Mr Hipkins said: "It's a wake-up call to the whole education
system but also to the Government that their education
approach isn't improving things and under National the
decline of our education system is accelerating.
"The fact that is it such a significant decline is something
that we should really wake up and pay attention to."
Ms Parata flagged the fall in the rankings in a speech last
She emphasised this afternoon that the report measured the
performance of 15 year-olds who had not done National
Standards, because the data was taken from the years 2001 to
The minister said National Standards data from 2011 to 2012
showed a "small overall improvement", with reading up 1.2 per
cent, writing up 2 per cent and maths up 1.4 per cent.
"Obviously, we have data across two data points only and so
it is early days.''
She said parents had told her they valued the clear
information that National Standards provided about their