Consider the state of numeracy and literacy, as measured in school leaver statistics published by the Ministry of Education earlier this month for the 2008 year: nearly a fifth failed to achieve even NCEA Level One or above. Is that good enough? If one major purpose of the national standards is to identify pupils who are falling behind and provide help to schools to ensure they improve, what sense is there in resisting it?
If the main issue is trials and phasing in periods then perhaps a delayed introduction is worth considering. However if the basis for the objection by teachers unions is that parents should not be able to get access to information on how students are going then centrists will rightly support national standards.