November 20, 2016
Bulk funding off agenda but school reform rolls on
Education Minister Hekia Parata has dropped her plan for bulk funding, but she still wants to make school funding more closely linked to results.
She told the National Cross Sector Forum in Auckland that after 90 sector meetings and her advisory group told her that the sector is not ready for the level of flexibility and accountability that comes with a global budget payment mechanism.
Technical reference groups are being established to help design other changes to the education system.
– advice on what it takes for children and young people to achieve a year’s worth of progress across the curriculum each year;
– identifying the best ways to target funding for learners most at risk of underachievement;
– moving to child-based funding in early learning;
– changing property maintenance funding;
– and using data to strengthen the line of sight between the investment Government makes in education with the outcomes achieved.
Ms Parata is optimistic about the change achieved so far, including increasing the Maori NCEA level 2 pass rate for Maori from under 45 percent to over 70 percent.
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