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What are the National Standards?

National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics provide signposts that give teachers, children, parents, families and whānau a clear idea of where children are at in their learning and what they have to do next.

Since 2010, schools with children in Years 1-8 have been using National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Schools will report to parents, families and whānau in writing at least twice a year on their child's progress and achievement in these areas, in relation to the National Standards.

How will I know if my child is meeting the National Standard? 

The National Standards are signposts to be achieved by the 'end of the year'. For children in their first 3 years of schooling this means after they have been at school for 40 weeks (1 year), 80 weeks (2 years) or 120 weeks (3 years). Because children start school at different times when they turn 5, reports are written on their anniversaries of having been at school for 20 weeks (half way through their first year), 40 weeks, 60 weeks (half way through their 2nd year), 80 weeks, 100 weeks (half way through their 3rd  year) and 120 weeks.
For children who have had their 120 week anniversaires, meaning they have been at school for a full 3 years, the reporting system switches to the school mid year (end of term 2) and end year (end of term 4) timeline for reporting.
The mid year reports will indicate whether your child's achievement in reading, writing and maths is:
The end year reports will indicate whether your child's achievement in relation to the National Standard in reading, writing and maths is:

How will the teacher work out where your child is at?

The teacher will continue to use many different ways to find out where your child is at in reading, writing and maths to make an Overall Teacher Judgement (OTJ). This includes:

  • using a range of formal tests/assessments
  • watching your child working in the classroom
  • talking with them about their learning
  • your child assessing their own and each other’s work.
The expectation is that children are able to meet the standards across a range of settings. This means that a child may perform 'above' the standard on a 'written test' but not show evidence of this in their bookwork, class participation etc. Therefore the Overall Teacher Judgment may end up showing the child performing 'at' the standard. 

Some children will need more time and support to work towards the expected standard. The teacher will work together with you and your child to help them to achieve their next learning goals.

What is expected at each year level?

The links below will direct you to the Ministry of Education's website where the standards in reading, writing and maths are shown. We encourage you to speak to your child's teacher if you have any queries.

The mathematics standards

The reading and writing standards