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The standards for mathematics and reading and writing were developed alongside each other. Clearly, as much as possible, both sets of standards had to meet a common design specification. The approach was guided by a set of principles agreed to by a group of experts in mathematics education, literacy and assessment convened by the Ministry in December 2008.

The following documents provide the background for the development of the National Standards.

PDF icon. Designing the mathematics standards (PDF, 3 MB)

PDF icon. Designing the reading and writing standards (Amended 9.6.10) (PDF, 233 KB)

Blueprint for National Standards

In this Education Gazette article, Mary Chamberlain, group manager, Curriculum Teaching and Learning – Design, shares more about the model used to develop National Standards.

Published on: 27 May 2010