Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What is a school decile rating?

In the weekend I spoke to a number of people who were looking to, or had recently done so, choose schools for their children.  All I spoke to were educated and successful in their field, as well as being quite nice and pretty easy to get along with.  However, overwhelmingly, they to suffered from one major misconception about schools, this being; the higher the decile rating, the better the school, the better the standard of education.

To clear up this issue I have gone to the New Zealand Ministry of Education website to find out the facts about decile ratings, which you to can access by clicking here.  To save you time, read the following line that finishes the Ministry's brief explanation on the subject:

'The decile rating does not measure the standard of education delivered by a school'. 

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