A letter from Anne Tolley Minister of Education to the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA), dated May 2010, clearly states "There are no plans to introduce National Standards for years 9 and 10.
The letter is reproduced below.
The Ministry of Education website contains a report from Gary Hawke, Chair of the National Standards Advisory Group, which records that the group at its June 2011 meeting agreed to a recommendation that “the Minister should authorize the Ministry to explore with the sector the desirability of extending National Standards to years 9 and 10.”
The report was referred to in a Dominion Post article 1 July 2011.
The Minister has indicated to PPTA that she is well aware of the problems of teacher workload and over-assessment in secondary schools.