Tests that recog­nise achievers

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Cargi l l Open Pl a n Sc ho o l ’ s As­sess­ment Tools for Teach­ing a nd Lear ni ng p r o g r a mme re­sults re­veal qual­ity teach­ing and learn­ing.

The pro­gramme i s a worldleader in as­sess­ment de­vel­oped for t he De­part ment o f Ed­u­ca­tion.

It tests read­ing, writ­ing and math­e­mat­ics a b i l i t i e s a nd is avail­able in English and Te Reo Maori f r o m c urri c ul um l e vel s two to five ( years 5-10).

Around 42 Cargill Open Plan School years 4, 5 and 6 were tested.

Prin­ci­pal Rhonda Rayner says r e s ul t s i ndi c a t e t hat p unc t ua­tion i s o n a p a r wi t h o t he r schools but the school is above av­er­age with deep t hink­ing – a process whic h r e q ui r e s stu­dents t o read with greater com­pre­hen­sion.

‘ ‘ We are achiev­ing ex­tremely highly,’’ Ms Rayner said.

‘ ‘ It shows that our school is de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity teach­ing. We can make a com­par­i­son with chil­dren all over the coun­try.

‘ ‘ It is par­tic­u­larly good when you look at sim­i­lar schools. But also high decile schools, t own s c ho o l s , c o unt r y a nd city schools. Cargill per­formed bet­ter than ex­pected.’’

The pro­gramme is val­ued by t each­ers be­cause it i nter­prets stu­dent per­for­mance and gives e d uc a t o r s c ho i c e a nd c o nt r o l over tests.

I nf o r mati o n from r e s ul t s al­lows teach­ers to iden­tify in­di­vid­ual and group strengths and weak­nesses, gauge progress and to com­pare these with na­tional stan­dards.

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