2018 NCEA and NZ Scholarship attainment data released (updated)

28 May 2019

NB: This data was updated on 28 May 2019 with data as at 21 March 2019, and all previously published files have been replaced.

The 2018 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship attainment data is now available.

These statistics will also be presented in the Annual Report on NCEA & New Zealand Scholarship Data & Statistics.  This provides a detailed summary of attainment data and related statistics. This is expected to be released in June 2019.

The graph below presents a summary of the overall national NCEA attainment statistics by year level for 2018, with attainment percentages for the last 10 years included for comparison purposes.
 

2018 NCEA and NZSchol attainment data

NZQA, combining information sources with the Ministry of Education, now reports attainment using the enrolment-based measure of NCEA attainment.  This measure has replaced the roll-based and participation-based measures previously published. 

The measure counts all New Zealand domestic students in Years 11 to 13 aged less than 19 years on 1 January of the reporting year. 

It is a more precise measure as it counts any student enrolled during the year, whereas the previous measure counted students enrolled on 1 July.  It also conforms to Statistics New Zealand methods for reporting ethnicity. 

The previous 11 years of data have been recast using the new measure to enable accurate year on year comparisons to be made.

Overall attainment rates vary across year levels compared to 2017 with increases at Level 3 Year 13 and UE, a slight decrease at Level 2 and a decrease at Level 1.  Feedback from schools indicates there is no single reason for the decrease for Year 11 Level 1 attainment.

NZQA and the Ministry of Education will continue to monitor the 2018 Year 11 cohort of students from both a retention and achievement perspective.

Attainment levels have been steadily rising for much of the past decade and some levelling off can be expected.

Media contact:
NZQA Communications media@nzqa.govt.nz   or 027 457 5783

Ministry of Education media@education.govt.nz or 027 284 5702

 

Table 1: Enrolment-Based National NCEA and University Entrance Attainment 2009-2018

 Year 11 - NCEA Level 1Year 12 - NCEA Level 2Year 13 - NCEA Level 3Year 13 - UE

2009

60.6%

61.5%

51.2%

46.8%

2010

63.0%

63.8%

52.1%

46.1%

2011

63.1%

65.8%

53.3%

46.5%

2012

65.3%

67.4%

55.0%

48.3%

2013

70.0%

71.2%

56.3%

49.9%

2014

72.4%

75.0%

59.5%

45.7%

2015

74.5%

76.3%

62.5%

48.0%

2016

75.2%

78.4%

64.0%

48.7%

2017

75.0%

78.4%

65.4%

48.9%

2018

72.0%

77.4%

66.1%

49.0%

Table 2: Enrolment-Based National NCEA and University Entrance Attainment by Ethnicity 2009-2018

    Year 11 - NCEA Level 1 Year 12 - NCEA Level 2 Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 Year 13 - UE
Māori 2009 42.3% 43.4% 31.1% 25.0%
  2010 44.1% 47.4% 33.1% 24.6%
  2011 44.4% 50.6% 36.3% 26.4%
  2012 47.3% 52.5% 38.9% 28.3%
  2013 53.4% 58.2% 40.4% 30.1%
  2014 57.8% 63.5% 43.6% 25.0%
  2015 61.0% 66.8% 47.3% 27.6%
  2016 62.6% 70.5% 49.9% 28.0%
  2017 62.8% 70.4% 52.5% 29.4%
  2018 58.1% 68.3% 52.6% 29.2%
European 2009 68.6% 68.4% 57.5% 53.4%
  2010 71.4% 70.3% 58.2% 52.8%
  2011 70.9% 72.0% 59.1% 53.0%
  2012 73.3% 73.6% 60.0% 54.3%
  2013 76.8% 76.3% 61.0% 55.8%
  2014 78.7% 79.8% 64.4% 52.0%
  2015 80.1% 80.5% 67.1% 54.5%
  2016 80.5% 82.0% 68.1% 55.1%
  2017 80.4% 82.0% 68.8% 54.6%
  2018 77.5% 81.1% 69.7% 54.9%
Pacific Peoples 2009 42.7% 42.1% 27.4% 21.5%
  2010 44.2% 46.3% 32.3% 22.5%
  2011 46.4% 48.6% 34.2% 23.3%
  2012 49.8% 51.6% 39.5% 27.6%
  2013 58.2% 61.2% 42.9% 31.1%
  2014 61.8% 67.1% 46.8% 25.9%
  2015 66.3% 69.5% 51.5% 26.4%
  2016 66.4% 72.8% 53.9% 27.7%
  2017 66.9% 73.4% 58.6% 29.2%
  2018 62.3% 71.8% 58.9% 28.7%
Asian    2009 64.5% 66.3% 57.3% 54.6%
  2010 68.5% 66.5% 58.7% 55.8%
  2011 69.6% 69.0% 57.8% 54.4%
  2012 70.2% 70.3% 61.2% 58.0%
  2013 72.9% 72.5% 62.5% 59.7%
  2014 74.1% 74.1% 65.1% 55.8%
  2015 76.8% 74.4% 66.4% 57.4%
  2016 77.9% 77.2% 68.8% 58.8%
  2017 77.6% 77.7% 70.3% 60.2%
  2018 76.7% 76.8% 71.0% 60.6%
Middle Eastern/Latin American/African 2009 60.4% 53.7% 47.8% 43.9%
  2010 63.3% 64.2% 44.1% 39.3%
  2011 64.1% 68.6% 50.2% 45.9%
  2012 66.1% 65.7% 56.1% 51.8%
  2013 71.3% 69.8% 54.8% 50.5%
  2014 72.2% 73.7% 60.5% 45.7%
  2015 76.3% 73.1% 64.2% 52.1%
  2016 75.1% 75.6% 62.2% 50.7%
  2017 77.1% 76.0% 64.3% 51.0%
  2018 73.9% 77.5% 66.2% 49.7%

Table 3: Enrolment-Based National NCEA and University Entrance Attainment by Gender 2009-2018

    Year 11 - NCEA Level 1 Year 12 - NCEA Level 2 Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 Year 13 - UE
Female  2009 65.4% 67.1% 58.2% 52.8%
  2010 67.8% 69.0% 59.2% 52.6%
  2011 68.1% 70.9% 60.1% 52.8%
  2012 70.3% 72.0% 61.9% 55.1%
  2013 74.9% 75.2% 62.1% 55.4%
  2014 77.1% 79.2% 65.9% 52.1%
  2015 78.9% 80.1% 68.3% 54.3%
  2016 79.2% 81.8% 69.1% 54.8%
  2017 79.2% 81.4% 70.4% 55.1%
  2018 76.4% 80.8% 70.7% 54.9%
Male    2009 56.1% 56.0% 43.6% 40.3%
  2010 58.3% 58.6% 44.6% 39.3%
  2011 58.4% 60.7% 46.1% 39.9%
  2012 60.5% 63.0% 47.6% 41.0%
  2013 65.3% 67.2% 50.0% 44.0%
  2014 68.0% 70.9% 52.8% 38.9%
  2015 70.2% 72.6% 56.2% 41.3%
  2016 71.5% 75.1% 58.6% 42.2%
  2017 71.0% 75.5% 60.0% 42.1%
  2018 67.8% 74.0% 61.1% 42.6%

Table 4: Enrolment-Based National NCEA and University Entrance Attainment by School Decile Band 2009-2018

    Year 11 - NCEA Level 1 Year 12 - NCEA Level 2 Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 Year 13 - UE
Decile 1-3     2009 45.2% 44.7% 31.5% 25.1%
  2010 46.8% 48.7% 32.8% 23.4%
  2011 45.4% 51.8% 36.7% 25.5%
  2012 47.7% 53.8% 41.7% 29.5%
  2013 55.5% 59.9% 43.4% 31.3%
  2014 58.2% 65.0% 45.4% 24.0%
  2015 61.6% 67.9% 49.8% 26.3%
  2016 63.3% 70.8% 53.7% 28.1%
  2017 63.5% 71.2% 55.5% 27.3%
  2018 58.3% 69.6% 56.6% 27.6%
Decile 4-7     2009 61.9% 61.9% 50.4% 44.9%
  2010 63.7% 64.8% 51.3% 44.6%
  2011 64.8% 67.7% 52.7% 45.2%
  2012 66.7% 69.4% 55.1% 47.4%
  2013 71.1% 74.0% 57.7% 50.3%
  2014 74.5% 77.5% 59.6% 43.4%
  2015 77.1% 79.7% 64.3% 48.2%
  2016 78.0% 81.4% 65.1% 47.7%
  2017 78.2% 81.3% 66.1% 47.2%
  2018 74.7% 79.8% 66.5% 47.6%
Decile 8-10    2009 71.1% 72.6% 62.8% 59.9%
  2010 75.0% 74.2% 64.6% 60.3%
  2011 76.2% 75.8% 65.9% 61.4%
  2012 77.2% 77.5% 66.7% 62.7%
  2013 79.9% 79.8% 69.0% 65.6%
  2014 80.7% 81.8% 71.1% 61.4%
  2015 83.3% 82.8% 74.6% 64.8%
  2016 83.2% 85.0% 75.7% 66.3%
  2017 81.9% 84.6% 76.4% 66.1%
  2018 80.7% 83.9% 76.4% 65.3%

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