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Higher Expectations

How Starpath's research is providing answers to the enduring problem: What will enable significantly more Māori and Pasifika students from low socio-economic schools achieve University Entrance (UE) that allows progression into degree level study? From the impartial news website Education Central.

Read the latest Starpath Newsletter

An overview of Starpath news, happenings and events. November 2017.

UE key to Educational equality

Read an opinion piece written by Starpath Director Dr Melinda Webber on Newsroom. In it she discusses the distinct lack of emphasis on UE as the end-goal for secondary school students in lower decile schools.

Advice for NCEA students at exam time

Starpath's Tania Linley-Richardson has a strong message for senior school students in these last days before nationwide exams begin – ‘short term pain for long term gain’!
November 2016 

In the media

Starpath talks to the New Zealand Herald about why "Maori, Pasifika and low-decile students are getting a different kind of NCEA to students from more affluent, Pakeha and Asian backgrounds".
26 September 2016

Starpath launches Toolkit to raise student achievement

The Starpath Project has launched an online Toolkit to assist New Zealand secondary schools to raise student achievement and aspirations.
30 March 2016 

University to fund Starpath in 2016-2017

Starpath is pleased to announce it is to receive funding for a further two years to continue its work to raise student achievement in low decile schools.
22 October 2015 

NCEA exams: Are they reliable?

Starpath's Earl Irving and the Faculty of Education's Maree Davies comment on the reliability of tests as measures of students' capabilities, as well as the factors that may influence NCEA results.
9 November 2015

The great education divide.

Part three of a New Zealand Herald series on overcoming disadvantage in education, featuring Starpath.
6 November 2015. 

University to fund Starpath in 2016-2017 

Starpath is pleased to announce it is to recieve funding for a further two years to continue its work to raise student achievement in low decile schools.
22 October 2015 

Academic to share her work in promoting equity for all

Professor Cindy Kiro has spent decades improving the academic and social outcomes of young people. Now she will share these experiences in her inaugural lecture at the University of Auckland on September 10.
September 2015

Educational inequality a major concern in OECD report

The Starpath Project has welcomed an OECD report that acknowledges New Zealand’s education success, but highlights the need to address educational inequality. 
16 June 2015

Former Starpath Director receives Queens Birthday Honour

Professor Elizabeth McKinley has been made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and Māori.
2 June 2015

Joint research seminar series 2015

Starpath features in a joint research seminar series in 2015 alongside Te Puna Wānanga. Seminars take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
15 April 2015

Starpath partner school a 'shining light'

Starpath has been acknowledged for a large spike in level one results at a South Auckland school. From the New Zealand Herald.
9 April 2015

Māori and Pacific pass rates drop

Professor Cindy Kiro discusses the drop in University Entrance pass rates among Māori and Pacific students on Radio NZ,.
6 March 2015

NCEA and the alternatives

Earl Irving, Starpath’s Quantitative Research Coordinator, speaks to the Education Review regarding the ongoing debate over NCEA and the alternatives, such as the IB and CIE. 
Feb 2015

Tamaki College in the Central Leader

Starpath school Tamaki College on how it turned around its pass rates.
14 Nov 2014

New Directors join Starpath
23 Oct 2014

Farewell to long-standing Director
23 Oct 2014

Starpath Newsletter archive
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Starpath in the media
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