June 12, 2013
ERO identifies best school practices
The Education Review Office says only one in four schools are doing what is needed to allow priority learners, including low achieving Maori, Pacific, special needs, and students from low income families, to catch up with their peers.
It says most teachers, school leaders and school trustees still don’t understand the concept of accelerating the learning of students.
Many teachers also still do not fully understand the concept of cultural capital or the need for a culturally responsive curriculum that takes into account identity, language and culture of their students.
Few schools had well-considered strategies for Maori and Pasifika students or fully involved their communities in working with them to reach their targets.
The ERO says schools need to explore, implement and review a greater range of teaching practices to accelerate students’ progress.