Decile Ratings to be Replaced
“A controversial risk modelling tool to guide Government spending in schools is reportedly close to being signed off as a replacement for the decile system.
The predictive risk modelling index would replace the decile system, Newshub has reported. The Government had long been in talks with organisations including the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI), which also wanted the decile system scrapped.”
– Decision close on controversial predictive risk
So, now that we have moved forward from the initial outcry over this model, what has changed?
Not a lot – otherwise you’d think they would have announced those changes to smooth over the transition with the profession.
Like I expressed in this post, there is a bigger picture at play here. Students will begin to get linked entirely to social, poverty, and criminal factors that they have little to do with. We will begin to judge parents over their pasts, and any record that they have that contributes towards funding. The Government will then have a complete and all encompassing database of every parent and every child in the country. Chances are, that while all good intentions may be behind this, at some point, something will go wrong. Chances are, they already have said database.
A year ago this all hit the headlines. No surprises that John Hattie was in the thick of it throwing his virtual educational powers in the Government’s favour as per usual.
So it would seem that regardless of what the sector say, the Government will just keep on rolling on with whatever they want to do.
I’m quite glad I live in a democracy.