2018 NCEA and NZ Scholarship attainment data released

29 Apr 2019

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.  The report will be available at the end of May 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.

NCEA attainment statistics by year level 2018 (PNG, 44KB) 

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

74.9%

78.3%

65.0%

48.5%

2018

71.8%

77.4%

66.2%

49.1%

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

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

62.7%

70.2%

52.4%

29.3%

2018

57.9%

68.1%

52.8%

29.4%

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

80.3%

81.9%

68.4%

54.3%

2018

77.3%

81.2%

69.9%

55.0%

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%

73.3%

58.4%

29.1%

2018

62.1%

71.8%

58.9%

28.8%

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

76.9%

77.6%

69.2%

59.2%

2018

76.4%

76.8%

71.2%

60.8%

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

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

79.0%

81.2%

69.9%

54.7%

2018

76.2%

80.8%

70.9%

55.1%

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

70.8%

75.4%

59.6%

41.8%

2018

67.6%

74.0%

61.2%

42.7%

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

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

63.2%

71.1%

55.4%

27.3%

2018

58.1%

69.3%

56.8%

27.8%

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

78.0%

81.3%

66.0%

47.1%

2018

74.5%

79.9%

66.6%

47.7%

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

81.7%

84.6%

76.3%

66.1%

2018

80.6%

83.9%

76.5%

65.3%

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