Data, Statistics and Insights on 2021 NCEA, UE and NZ Scholarship

17 Jun 2022

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has released its Annual Report on NCEA, University Entrance and New Zealand Scholarship Data and Statistics from 2021.

More than 160,000 Year 11, 12 and 13 students worked towards NCEA in 2021.

“NCEA attainment in 2021 decreased slightly from the previous year, but was similar or higher than in 2019,” says NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Assessment, Andrea Gray.

“That students performed well despite disruption from COVID-19 late in the school year reflects the hard work of students, and the outstanding support provided by teachers, schools and whānau,” Ms Gray says.

Alongside the Annual Report, NZQA has released two Insights papers looking more deeply into the data and information we hold.

“The first of these papers looks at five key signposts which help show whether students are on a pathway to attain NCEA and University Entrance.”

“The second paper looks at the conditions that contribute to Māori and Pacific students being awarded University Entrance at around half the rate of other students – an inequity which has persisted for over a decade.”

“Both these Insights papers will contribute to ongoing discussions about how the education sector can continue to address inequities,” Ms Gray says.

The Annual Report on NCEA, University Entrance and New Zealand Scholarship provides information and statistics on:

  • NCEA and University Entrance attainment
  • NCEA and University Entrance Literacy and Numeracy attainment
  • NCEA Certificate Endorsement and Course Endorsement attainment
  • 2021 New Zealand Scholarship awards
  • results by standard type (achievement and unit standard)
  • NCEA administrative processes, such as Special Assessment Conditions and investigations into breaches of examination rules.

The Annual Report provides data over 10 years where possible, and disaggregated by gender, ethnicity and school decile band.

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