Education Minister Anne Tolley on league tables for Primary Schools, back in October ’09:
After months of disputes, Education Minister Anne Tolley has struck a deal with primary school unions that will see them work together on its controversial national standards policy.
Under the agreement, the Government has confirmed it will make it as difficult as possible for the media to produce league tables that rank schools.
Mrs Tolley told The Dominion Post the deal was a “a momentous occasion”.
She said she told the groups she was prepared to work with them to stop the use of league tables. “We want to make it as difficult for you [media] as possible. It will be too hard and too much work and not worth it in the end. There are a few ideas we will discuss as to how we can do that.”
Education spokeswoman Anne Tolley said a National-led Government would not roll out any league tables of its own but primary schools would, from next year, be required to publish their results against the National Standards. There were be no steps to stop media or anyone else from constructing league tables out of the information.
“We want the system to be far more accountable to parents and communities,” Tolley said.