The leader of the ACT Party, David Seymour, has been quick to praise a report by the New Zealand Initiative that's damning of the NCEA education system of measuring student achievement.
The think tank's report, 'Spoiled by Choice', was released today and says there have been 15 years of sustained decline in student performance under the system, which it says needs reforming.
Report author Briar Lipson says NCEA ensures most students leave school with a certificate.
She says this should be something to celebrate because success builds self-esteem, but what use is NCEA success if students still lack basic skills in reading and maths?
Ms Lipson says under NCEA, well-advised or motivated students still achieve.
ACT's David Seymour says the New Zealand Initiative report is meticulously researched and comprehensively damning.