Monday, June 24, 2019

Four and a half years down the track

Uru Mānuka Cluster ( 7 schools including high school) has been in The Manaiakalani Programme (TMP) for the past 4.5 years and has been providing student achievement data to Woolf Fisher Research Centre (WFRC) for analysis for 3.5 years. So how are things looking, are we making a difference to student outcomes?

Last Thursday Marshlands School hosted our Manaiakalani Convenors' meeting - thank you Jacqui! Hannah from WFRC presented an analysis of individual clusters and overall TMP student achievement data.

The following graphs provide 7-point data for matched Uru Mānuka students - these students were in each data set from Term 1 2016 through until Term 1 2019.  In other words, they have had 3.5 years of 'Manaiakalani  medicine'.

Anything above zero in the MNormdiff Gain column indicates accelerated progress in comparison to the norm. What did we find, how are we going?

PAT Maths Results: although still below the norm at Term 1 2019 in terms of achievement (-4.59), Uru Mānuka has accelerated progress for the 263 students tracked from Term 1 2016 through to Term 1 2019.
2.67 points equates approximately to 1.5 terms of accelerated progress.

PAT Reading Results: accelerated progress for the 255 students of approximately 1.25 terms.

e-asTTle Writing Results: accelerated progress for the 232 students of approximately 5 terms.

So what does all of this mean? Are we achieving at the norms in Reading, Writing and Maths? No! But are we on the 'right track'? Absolutely!

Overall, Uru Mānuka is clearly accelerating progress in all 3 areas, this is wonderful news but it is still not enough. We need to do better for our learners in terms of overall achievement. We need to leverage off our positive writing achievement results and raise achievement in Reading and Maths. What are the successful teacher practices we can learn from in Writing that we can transfer to Reading and Maths. Watch this space!

A big thank you to the following, we would not be where we are today without your unrelenting support

  • Manaiakalani Education Trust (MET)
  • Woolf Fisher Research Centre (WFRC)
  • Manaiakalani Outreach colleagues
  • Russell Burt, Dorothy Burt and Pat Snedden


  1. Great commentary Gary.. we should be proud of what we have achieved, and be excited about what lies ahead.

    Ka mau te wehi

  2. Kia ora Gary,
    This makes data easy to understand, being so new into the Cluster. Progress is looking positive and this must build the self esteem of teachers and students alike.

    Ngā mihi,

  3. Thank you Gary for presenting this so clearly alongside a candid commentary. We do indeed need to leverage off our positive writing results and I am sure we will due to the commitment of our Uru Mānuka teachers, the hard work of our students and the support of our whānau.

    Ngā mihi

  4. Very interesting Mr Roberts. As John Mitchell said 'a journey not a sprint'. Remarkable progress I would say given the distractions around schools these days. Data presents a new look and cant argue with facts and figures. I know you wont like this comparison but your favourite morning radio host and National Party Publicity Machine - 'cant beat the data'. Well done. Your belief, determination and leadership is indeed reaping rewards!


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