Provisional L1 Mathematics & Statistics examination results

16 Jan 2018

Provisional NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics examination results released

Approximately 143,000 students sat external examinations in November and December last year. There were 119 examinations, covering 230 standards spanning NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3, as well as New Zealand Scholarship. Approximately 39,900 students entered the NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics examinations.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has released provisional results for the 2017 NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics examinations.

Deputy Chief Executive Kristine Kilkelly says the high level of interest in last year’s Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics examinations has prompted NZQA to release the provisional results ahead of the consolidated results being released in early April.

“Mathematics is an important subject. We want to make sure students have the opportunity to be successful in their studies and we support the work that teachers are doing to engage students in Mathematics.

“On the whole, students did well in externally assessed mathematics and statistics achievement standards across all three levels of NCEA.

“Provisional results for the NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics examinations in November show the majority of students who sat the examinations gained an Achieved or better grade for each standard.”

Although there was some concern about the difficulty of standard 91031 (Apply geometric reasoning in solving problems), achievement in that standard – 73.5 percent of students – was similar to previous years. Achievement for standard 91037 (Demonstrate understanding of chance and data), 78.4 percent of students, was also similar to previous years.

Achievement in standard 91028 (Investigate relationships between tables, equations and graphs) was lower than previous years: 71.2 per cent of students gained an Achieved or better grade, compared to the past range of performance of 78.1–84 per cent. The proportion of students achieving Merit and Excellence for this standard was similar to previous years.

NZQA’s analysis of provisional results indicates that some students found some parts of the examination paper for standard 91028 more difficult than expected. Changes to the assessment to better align it with the curriculum and the standard’s focus on investigating relationships between tables, equations and graphs – including a greater focus on problem solving – were communicated to schools at the end of 2016 and during 2017.

“NZQA has taken the unusual step of announcing these provisional results early so we can respond to the concerns teachers raised with us in the open letter. Early in term 1 we will work with regional and national mathematics associations to discuss these results with teachers, talk about how the standards are assessed and their feedback on the assessments. We will involve the Ministry of Education, as the owner of the curriculum and standards,” says Ms Kilkelly.

“We also want to reassure students before school starts for the year that not achieving one or more of their external standards will not prevent them from progressing to study Mathematics at Level 2. We encourage students to talk with their teachers, once school starts.”

NZQA has also released the results for the Mathematics Common Assessment Task (MCAT), which is provided by NZQA for Level 1 students to sit in September and is marked by their teachers. The proportion of students who gained an Achieved grade or better was 72.3 per cent, compared to 82 per cent in 2016. This is within the range of prior achievement.

Ms Kilkelly says achievement rates for the MCAT standard are more variable as it is not part of the main end of year external examinations. Achievement in the MCAT over the last five years has ranged from 72.2 per cent to 82 per cent. NZQA did not receive any indication from teachers or schools that students found the 2017 assessment more difficult than the 2016 MCAT.

“Nevertheless, we will carry out further analysis of the MCAT results and will discuss this analysis with teachers.”

Analysis of achievement results for NCEA Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics external examinations sat on 20 November

Standard
2017 Provisional results, combined Achieved, Merit and Excellence
Combined achievement range over previous 5 years
2016 final results, combined Achieved, Merit and Excellence
 

91028  Investigate Relationships Between Tables, Equations and Graphs

 71.2%  78.1 - 84.0  80.5%
 

91031 Apply Geometric Reasoning to Solve problems

 73.5%  71.5 – 75.6  72.0%
 

90137  Demonstrate Understanding of Chance and Data

 78.4%  74.7 – 80.2  80.2%

Analysis of achievement results for NCEA Level 1 Mathematics Common Assessment Task sat in September

Standard
2017 Provisional results, combined Achieved, Merit and Excellence
Combined achievement range over previous 5 years
2016 final results, combined Achieved, Merit and Excellence

91027 Apply Algebraic Procedures in Solving Problems (MCAT)

 72.3%  72.2 – 82%  82.0%

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