Decile re­moval wise

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The de­ci­sion to re­move decile rat­ings from Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice re­ports is a wise one, ac­cord­ing to a Toko­roa prin­ci­pal.

Toko­roa North School prin­ci­pal Stephen Blair be­lieves the rat­ing re­moval is a pos­i­tive move as they have noth­ing to do with ed­u­ca­tion qual­ity or out­comes.

‘‘It is not very well un­der­stood in the wider community of what a decile is.

‘‘They think a decile 10 is the high­est per­form­ing but it has noth­ing to do with that,’’ he said.

ERO chief re­view of­fi­cer Dr Gra­ham Stoop made the an­nounce­ment to drop decile rat­ings from re­ports re­cently in an ef­fort to ‘‘cor­rect the stereo­type that a school’s decile equals per­for­mance’’.

Mr Blair agrees with ERO’s logic.

‘‘What they are try­ing to do is cor­rect that mis­con­cep­tion that the higher the decile the bet­ter the qual­ity so they are just tak­ing that out of the ERO re­port.’’

When asked whether decile rat­ings had any other pur­pose, Mr Blair said: ‘‘No, it is ba­si­cally a fund­ing mech­a­nism. Purely and sim­ply.’’

Schools are given a decile rat­ing of one to 10, re­flect­ing the pro­por­tion of students from low so­cio-eco­nomic com­mu­ni­ties.

About 10 per cent of schools are in decile one and have the high­est pro­por­tion of pupils from low so­cio-eco­nomic com­mu­ni­ties. Lower deciles are al­lo­cated higher rates of fund­ing by the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

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