Charter school report – ‘most parents happy’

A report into Partnership Schools says that there have been positive results and most parents are happy, but it was too soon to judge academic achievement.

David Seymour says that it justifies a reversing of the current Government policy to close Partnership Schools, but Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says “does not tell us much” apart from what students and parents thought about the schools. Isn’t that kind of important and relevant?

RNZ: Charter school report silent on educational achievement

Students at charter schools are being stood down less frequently than they were at other schools and most parents are happy with the schools’ performance, a report commissioned by the previous government says.

However, the report by consultancy firm Martin Jenkins, the third in a series, failed to cover the schools’ academic achievement because they had not been operating long enough and their NCEA data was presented in a way that was not comparable to that of other schools.

 

The report said its authors worked with the Education Ministry to shift the focus of the evaluation away from student outcomes in part because it was too early to determine the schools’ success.

“Schools/kura were still becoming established, numbers of students that had received a ‘full dose’ of the PSKH [Partnership School Kura Hourua] intervention were low, and efforts were ongoing by the Ministry to define and agree contracted outcomes,” the report said.

The report has been published at a critical time for the schools, which must apply to join the state school system as special or designated character schools or face closure.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins…

…said the report “does not tell us much” beyond an insight into what students and parents thought about the schools.

“It doesn’t tell us for example about academic achievement and progress and obviously that’s where a lot of the attention really should be focused.”

ACT MP David Seymour: Hipkins must reverse charters decision after glowing report

“The Education Minister must now reverse his decision to close Partnership Schools after the final report from independent consultants Martin Jenkins painted a glowing picture of the model”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The report cuts through the spin on Partnership Schools, delivering blow after blow to Government’s hopes it could kill off the model quietly.

“The final report shows Partnership Schools are strongly focused on disadvantaged kids with complex needs. Students are largely Maori and Pasifika from low-decile schools. Before attending the Partnership Schools, many students were transient, disengaged, with poor academic histories and complex socio-economic needs. They often lacked positive aspirations and role models.

“The schools are meeting learners’ needs using innovative practices and high-quality standards. Sponsors are driven by a vision to provide an alternative for students who have been underserved. Innovations enabled by the flexible funding model are across the board, in governance arrangements, staffing, student engagement and support, pedagogy, teaching and learning.

“Student engagement has significantly improved. Stand-downs and length of suspensions are lower. Students give positive feedback. Whānau feel more involved and more confident communicating with schools. Very few learners are opting out.

“It is no exaggeration to say that this is the most positive news our education system has had for some time.

“It simply beggars belief that Jacinda Ardern and Chris Hipkins would end an educational model that has delivered so much for students that have been so poorly served by our state system

“The Government must now reverse its position on Partnership Schools”, says Mr Seymour.

Last year an earlier Jenkins report: NZ’s charter schools given good report card

Most of the first eight charter schools are good at teaching and testing children from Māori, Pasifika and poor backgrounds, an independent evaluation says.

“All schools/kura report that high proportions of their students have poor achievement histories and are achieving below the age/stage-related standards that could be expected on entry to the school/kura,” it said.

It said the schools showed mostly good and in some cases innovative practice in their approaches to working with the children.

Last month from Seymour: Why is Hipkins Hiding the Final Charter Schools Report?

ACT Leader David Seymour is questioning why Education Minister Chris Hipkins is suppressing the final Martin Jenkins evaluation of charter schools.

“I wonder if Mr Hipkins is not bullying Martin Jenkins into modifying the report to talk down the schools?”, asks Mr Seymour.

In 2014, the Ministry of Education contracted Martin Jenkins to deliver an independent evaluation of the performance of the charter school model. Its reports were to be delivered between 2014 and 2017.

“The first report found the flexibility of the model was enabling charter schools to deliver ‘innovative educational provision for students who have been under-served by the education system.’

“In its second report, Martin Jenkins said charter schools were reaching priority students – those at higher risk of not achieving.

“The final report appears to have been completed, but not released. What does it contain? Why is Chris Hipkins hiding it? Is the Minister having the report altered to suppress glowing reviews about charter schools?

“Chris Hipkins can’t hide the report forever. At some point, New Zealanders are going to learn what 1500 students already know: charter schools change lives for the better”, says Mr Seymour.

It isn’t hidden any more, but is seems unlikely that Hipkins will change his mind about Charter Schools, he (and the teacher unions) has been always strongly opposed to them.

Closing the schools has been awkward for Labour as some of their Maori MPs have been involved in and support partnership schools. They may stay open but under a different description.

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27 Comments

  1. David

     /  April 8, 2018

    Labour told us the regions were being neglected, no more irrigation, roads and a petrol tax prove they are no longer neglected.
    Labour care deeply about outcomes for disadvantaged Maori and will now do the right thing by sending them back to the state schools they were failing in. Expect to see Willie Jacksons school to survive and the one with links to Kelvin Davis.

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    • David

       /  April 8, 2018

      Maori must understand their place in society. Their role is to be disadvantage so they can been ridden by the Labour party into power. They must never be allowed to get their own agency. Back to the state schools with them!

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 8, 2018

        Meow, Pink David.

        Your point was brutally made but it’s a good one.

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  2. Zedd

     /  April 8, 2018

    ‘Charter Schools’ = Govt. funded PRIVATE Schools.. without the same rules as other Govt. Schools. Hipkins needs to stick to their agenda & ignore the B-S from the Tories & naysayers; bolstered by ‘glossy brochures’ etc.

    The charter schools admin. can ‘fudge the figures’ all they like, it does not make them true. At the end of the day, its the usual ‘business plan’; cut costs & maximise profits for the Fats Cats.. 😦

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    • David

       /  April 8, 2018

      I suggest you do 30 seconds of research.
      Trouble with hating something because it was promoted by someone who,s politics you detest is you could miss a great outcome for a group that ordinarily you would wish nothing but the best for.

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      • Zedd

         /  April 8, 2018

        only 30 seconds.. I have done at least 31 seconds already David.. & Im not convinced that Charter Schools are the better option !

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        • David

           /  April 8, 2018

          They are just another option for a small percentage of kids who dont do well in the state system, if you can turn a few lives around and have better outcomes for some kids why would you take that away because the teachers unions are worried about any chink in their closed system.

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    • Callum

       /  April 8, 2018

      You do realise all the charter schools operate as not for profits?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 8, 2018

        The Vanguard pupils were a credit to the school and themselves,

        The charter school that was a failure was closed down asap. Blue David, I have a good friend who is very involved with the union, and I love and respect her…but you are quite right.

        I can’t understand how such a clever and open-minded person as B can not see through the union bull and manipulation.

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  3. Blazer

     /  April 8, 2018

    the Hataro Petera school with 1 pupil and 4 staff is an interesting…one.

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  4. David

     /  April 8, 2018

    ‘most parents happy’

    This is a damning indictment of the charter schools idea. I’m not at all surprised the teaching union and Labour are so keen to see them all shut down as soon as possible.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 8, 2018

      Well, yes. what more needs to be said ? Next you’ll tell me that they want to keep these schools open because the pupils are doing well academically.

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  5. Zedd

     /  April 8, 2018

    There is always the same question about ‘WHY they want to privatise, the public sector’ Schools, Prisons etc.. whats next; POLICE ??

    “Follow the Money….” who is feathering whose nests ?

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    • PDB

       /  April 8, 2018

      The problem with your paranoia is that we are only talking about having some partnership schools alongside a majority of state schools in order to provide options for parents/students that feel the state schools are unable to provide what is needed. From all accounts most parents/students attending these partnership schools are happy with the results.

      There has been zero discussion regarding replacing most state schools with partnership schools.

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      • Blazer

         /  April 8, 2018

        most and mostly make frequent mention in these…reports.

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    • David

       /  April 8, 2018

      Zedd there is no profit and no one is getting rich, funding per pupil is exactly the same as the state system but its well known there is a tail of kids from pretty chaotic backgrounds that fail in the normal state system so why not try something different and the results are pretty bloody good.
      Google the kids who have been through the charter system and listen to what they say about the changes in their life, the opportunity for more disadvantaged kids in the future is being taken away because the teacher unions like to protect mediocrity and poor teachers.
      The state system is a very good one for 80% of kids, no one wants to turn it on its head.

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      • PDB

         /  April 8, 2018

        Essentially the argument from the left is if you are one of a low % where the state school system is not working for your child then send them to….a state school.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 8, 2018

          Blue David, you will never convince Blazer that people do things for good motives.

          One might as well argue that there should be no Special Needs Units in state schools as that charter schools are a bad idea. I forget how many there are in other countries, all a success.

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  6. Gezza

     /  April 8, 2018

    I reckon whatever the rights or wrongs it would be better if David chucked it in and just became a dancer.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 8, 2018

      He’s a very, very clever young man and NZ is lucky to have him as an MP. Read his ‘CV’.

      Now that C—- isn’t around, I can say that I have known him for many years and greatly respect him.He’s a great bloke, and I like as well as admire him.

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      • Gezza

         /  April 8, 2018

        Well, that’s all very well madam, but I suspect you would feel the same way about Shakers The Rude. 😐

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 8, 2018

          WHO IS THATTTTT ???

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          • Gezza

             /  April 8, 2018

            That foul-mouthed scoundrel who wrote all the plays in the 16th century. Popular with the plebs of course.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 8, 2018

              Oh, him.

            • Gezza

               /  April 8, 2018

              Yes. Him! 😡
              And he was a terrible speller too.
              Harrumph.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 8, 2018

              He was the best ever at verbal abuse

              ….thou whoreson, beetle-headed, flap-eared knave,,,thou whoreson upright rabbit…the son and heir of a mongrel bitch ! (part of a much longer stream of abuse in King Lear)

              The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon !

              Aroint thee, rump-fed ronion !

              …this bed-presser, this horseback breaker, this huge hill of flesh…

              Away, you cutpurse rascal, you filthy bung. away !

              Thou toad, thou toad.

              A lunatic, leanwitted fool.

              Thou lily-livered boy.

              I can’t think of any more offhand. There are much ruder ones, some of which are lost on those who don’t know the rude words of the era.

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