Is it a surprise that NCEA literacy can be gained from PE? Likewise with University Entrance and even NCEA Level 2. Targets such as 85% of students will gain Level 2, while admirable merely drive behavioral changes by both teachers and learners to achieve these targets. As the participants in the education system, they adapt and work out how to gain the most advantage from the least effort. In some schools teaching to the test could well be the norm… with crash courses at year end a tactic to raise achievement levels to meet the arbitrary targets. Is it surprising that students are taking the easy options at the expense of STEM subjects to maximize credits?
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