From their first day in the classroom, children from poorer backgrounds are more likely to fall behind in reading, writing and maths.
I wish Stuff wouldn’t do this kind of thing. I almost choked on my toast this morning trying to swallow and say “no sh%t Sherlock” at the same time.
The 69 decile 1 schools that returned data to Fairfax had a much higher proportion of pupils not meeting the standards compared with pupils from decile 10 schools. Just over half (52.3 per cent) of pupils at decile 1 schools did not make the writing standard. Of the 135 decile 10 schools that sent data, the proportion not making the writing standard was only 20.3 percent.
In reading, the gap between decile one and 10 pupils not making the standard was 30.9 percentage points. And in maths the gap was 31 percentage points, with nearly half (47.6 per cent) of kids at decile one schools not meeting the standard compared with 16.3 per cent at decile 10 schools.
As I read through the article someone said something about the elephant in the room being poverty and inequality. I would add a, let’s say, hippo in the room called race. So, there is now an elephant and a hippo in the room.
National standards have conclusively proven that the kids of almost everyone who votes National are doing fine to awesome in school. What next?
John Key, and Hekia Parata. What are you going to do with the data that you demanded that now demonstrates without a doubt that if you are brown and poor in this country (I generalise, but not much), your chances of not being ready for school are 30% lower than everyone else?
I would suggest you have made a rod for your own back, but I am more of an idealist than a cynic. I don’t care who addresses this problem, but I believe it is the most important issue facing our society and I hope that you have a plan.