Tests that recognise achievers
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.