Starpath director lends expertise to ministerial forum

18 July 2012

Professor Elizabeth McKinley, director of the Starpath Project, is sharing her expertise and research experience as a member of the new Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Student Achievement. The forum, which met for the first time in June, aims to provide collaborative cross-sector leadership and advice to the Minister of Education on a quality achievement programme for education that will help meet the Government’s Better Public Service Targets of 98 percent of new school entrants having participated in quality early childhood education and 85 percent of 18 year olds having achieved NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification over five years.

Professor McKinley will be working with representatives from primary and secondary schools, early learning and tertiary education sectors, unions, business, academics, iwi and educational experts to identify, clarify and progress system issues in the four key areas of quality teaching; smarter use of achievement information at individual, school and national levels; strengthening the performance and accountability of schools and education agencies for student achievement; and learning environments that are fit for purpose in the 21st Century.

“Research undertaken by the Starpath Project has shown that when schools use data to set targets and inform decision making, they can significantly improve student achievement,” says Professor McKinley. “This is an opportunity to work collaboratively with experts from across the country toward a common goal of improving the educational outcomes for all our learners.”