20 September, 2023
ACT’s plan to help schools that fail
Use information on school attendance and educational progress to prioritise ERO school inspections.
Ensure ERO’s school evaluation reports are consistent and based on clear, objective, and relevant criteria.
Improve the Ministry of Education’s slow and ineffective approach to managing under-performance by enforcing a clear and structured intervention process for identifying and intervening in under-performing schools.
Replace the current practice of appointing a limited statutory manager or commissioner to a struggling school. A tendering process would enable existing school operators to apply to take over schools that fail. Applications would consider the school operator’s track record of success. Where there is more than one school operator interested in the takeover, the Ministry would be responsible for selecting the best candidate based on who would best serve the school community.
Evaluate the outcomes of school interventions, as persistent failure is likely to indicate system-wide weaknesses in the education system.