NZQA releases 2019 NCEA and University Entrance statistics

04 May 2020

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has released the final NCEA and University Entrance statistics from 2019.

The statistics show an increase in Year 13 NCEA Level 3 attainment from 2018, especially amongst Māori students and those attending low decile schools, says NZQA Chief Executive, Dr Grant Klinkum.

“Nationally, domestic Year 13 students attaining NCEA Level 3 increased by 1.2 percentage points, and University Entrance attainment grew by 0.4 percentage points,” Dr Klinkum said.

However, 55.1 per cent of Māori students in Year 13 received NCEA Level 3 (up 2.2 percentage points), as did 59.4 per cent of Year 13 students in decile 1-3 schools (an increase of 2.5 percentage points).

“A focus on Māori and Pacific attainment can achieve results, and we need to continue the drive for equity across our education system,” Dr Klinkum said.

“Attainment figures for NCEA Level 2 held steady in 2019, with a 0.1 percentage point decrease on 2018 figures. Meanwhile, the gap between male and female attainment at Level 2 dropped slightly - from 6.8 per cent in 2018 to 5 per cent last year.”

“The decrease in Year 11 students attaining NCEA Level 1 has continued its downward trend, from 72.4 per cent in 2018 to 70.6 per cent in 2019. This largely reflects schools and students focussing on the attainment of NCEA Level 2 at the end of Year 12 and students being assessed against fewer standards at Level 1 in Year 11.”

“However, NCEA Level 1 continues to be an important qualification for students –around 10 per cent of students leave school with this as their highest level of qualification. Feedback to last year’s NCEA Review also showed support for Level 1,” Dr Klinkum says.

The graph below presents a summary of the overall national NCEA attainment statistics by year level for 2019, with attainment percentages for the last 10 years included for comparison purposes.

 2019 ncea ue student statistics newsgraph (PNG, 78KB)

NZQA continues to analyse NCEA, University Entrance and New Zealand Scholarship data from 2019, and anticipates releasing its Annual Report on NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship Data and Statistics at the end of May 2020.

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