International comparisons suggest that New Zealand secondary students are not doing well. It may even be that recent policy measures have worsened their performance.
The 2015 results for the triennial OECD PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) evaluation were reported just before Christmas so they did not get much coverage. We need to think about them. Many will jump to a conclusion that the current government’s education policy is failing. Certainly the international evidence does not suggest it is succeeding.