A growing number of schools in Aotearoa New Zealand are removing streaming from their maths programmes. A recently released report from Tokona te raki advocates for the ending of streaming and highlights the journey of 4 schools as they destreamed their classes.

The following five questions were asked of each school in the study

  1. Why did you decide to end streaming in maths classes?
  2. How did you manage the shift?
  3. What was the outcome?
  4. What Challenges did you face?
  5. Where to next?

 

From the response to these questions common themes emerged which include

  • Academic achievement improved especially for Māori and Pasifika students with more NCEA merits and excellences. 
  • Māori and Pasifika students continued studying mathematics for longer.
  • Student self-belief, motivation and aspiration improved. They gained the confidence to tackle more challenging work and assessments, particularly externals.
  • Social and ethnic barriers came down as students worked cooperatively in heterogeneous classes. 
  • All experienced resistance from some groups of parents and teachers at some point in the change journey. 
  • Professional development is key in supporting teachers in the transition away from streaming and into culturally responsive practice.

 

Read the full report 

 

Find out more http://www.maorifutures.co.nz/stream/ 

 

 

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