Indicators

Science literacy achievement: senior secondary schooling

Data Tables

The following data tables include the data used to produce this indicator:

Index of Tables
1 Distribution of PISA science literacy scores for New Zealand (2006, 2009 and 2012)
2PISA science literacy mean scores and 95% confidence intervals for OECD, NZ, and sub-groups (2012)
3New Zealand PISA science literacy mean scores, by gender (2006-2012)
4 New Zealand PISA science literacy mean scores, by ethnic group (2006-2012)
5 Percentage of NZ 15-year-old students reaching PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels (2012)
6Percentage of NZ 15-year-old students reaching PISA scienctific literacy proficiency levels, by gender (2012)
7Percentage of NZ 15-year-old students in each PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels, by ethnic group (2012)



Table 1: Distribution of PISA science literacy scores for New Zealand (2006, 2009and 2012)
Distribution PISA 2006PISA 2009 PISA 2012
10th percentile 389 390 377
25th percentile 455 461 444
Lower confidence limit (95%) 525 527 512
Mean 530 532 516
Upper confidence limit (95%) 535 537 520
75th percentile 608 608 591
95th percentile 667 667 649
Note:
  1. The scientific literacy domain has undergone considerable expansion and change since being a minor domain in PISA 2000 and PISA 2003, it is not therefore possible to compare science outcomes from PISA 2006 and PISA 2009 with these earlier PISA assessments.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.



Table 2: PISA science literacy mean scores and 95% confidence intervals for OECD, New Zealand, and sub-groups (2012)
GroupMean ScoreLower confidence limit (95%)Upper confidence limit (95%)
OECD 501500502
New Zealand 516512520
Boys518512524
Girls513507519
Māori469460478
Pasifika439428450
Notes:
  1. This table presents percentages based on total response ethnicity. Total response ethnicity is when people who have been identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.



Table 3: New Zealand PISA science literacy mean scores, by gender (2006-2012)

Year

Gender Difference
BoysGirls Difference
Mean ScoreStandard ErrorMean ScoreStandard ErrorScore DifferenceStandard Error
2006528(3.9)532(3.6)-4(5.2)
2009529(4.0)535(2.9)-6(4.6)
2012518(3.2)513(3.3)-5(4.9)
Notes:
  1. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.



Table 4: New Zealand PISA science literacy mean scores, by ethnic group (2006-2012)
YearScience
MāoriPasifikaNew Zealand OECD Average
MeanStandard ErrorMeanStandard ErrorMeanStandard Error MeanStandard Error
2006480(4.9)453(7.5)530(2.7) 498 (0.5)
2009487(4.4)448(8.2)532(2.6) 501 (0.5)
2012469(4.8)439(5.5)516(2.1) 501 (0.5)
Notes:
  1. This table presents percentages based on total response ethnicity for Māori and Pasifika. Total response ethnicity is when people who have been identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  2. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  3. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.



Table 5: Percentage of New Zealand 15-year-old students reaching PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels (2012)
Proficiency LevelNew ZealandOECD Average
Below Level 1
(below 334.94 score points)
%4.04.4
Standard Error(0.5)(0.1)
Level 1
(from 334.94 to less than 409.54 score points)
%11.012.3
Standard Error(0.7)(0.1)
Level 2
(from 409.54 to less than 484.14 score points)
%20.823.5
Standard Error(0.8)(0.2)
Level 3
(from 484.14 to less than 558.73 score points)
%26.329.1
Standard Error(1.1)(0.2)
Level 4
(from 558.73 to less than 633.33 score points)
% 22.7 21.0
Standard Error (1.1) (0.2)
Level 5
(from 633.33 to less than 707.93 score points)
%10.97.3
Standard Error(0.6)(0.1)
Level 6
(above 707.93 score points)
%3.01.1
Standard Error(0.4)(0.0)
Notes:
  1. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.



Table 6: Percentage of New Zealand 15-year-old students reaching the PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels, by gender (2012)
Proficiency LevelFemaleMale
Below Level 1
(below 334.94 score points)
%3.65.6
Standard Error(0.5)(0.7)
Level 1
(from 334.94 to less than 409.54 score points)
%11.711.5
Standard Error(0.9)(1.1)
Level 2
(from 409.54 to less than 484.14 score points)
%23.220.3
Standard Error(1.1)(1.3)
Level 3
(from 484.14 to less than 558.73 score points)
%28.124.7
Standard Error(1.2)(1.5)
Level 4
(from 558.73 to less than 633.33 score points)
% 21.4 23.1
Standard Error (1.1) (1.3)
Level 5
(from 633.33 to less than 707.93 score points)
%9.811.6
Standard Error(0.9)(0.9)
Level 6
(above 707.93 score points)
%2.13.2
Standard Error(0.4)(0.4)
Notes:
  1. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.



Table 7: Percentage of New Zealand 15-year-old students reaching the PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels, by ethnic group (2012)
Proficiency LevelMāoriPasifika Total
Below Level 1
(below 334.94 score points)
%7.413.74.0 
Standard Error(1.4)(1.9)(0.5)
Level 1
(from 334.94 to less than 409.54 score points)
%18.124.511.0
Standard Error(2.0)(2.8)(0.7)
Level 2
(from 409.54 to less than 484.14 score points)
%32.432.520.8 
Standard Error(2.4)(3.5)(0.8)
Level 3
(from 484.14 to less than 558.73 score points)
%25.618.426.3 
Standard Error(2.0)(2.9)(1.1)
Level 4
(from 558.73 to less than 633.33 score points)
%11.78.322.7 
Standard Error(1.6)(1.6)(1.1)
Level 5
(from 633.33 to less than 707.93 score points)
% 3.9 2.610.9
Standard Error (1.0) (1.0)(0.6)
Level 6
(above 707.93 score points)
%0.80.03.0
Standard Error(0.5)(0.4)
Notes:
  1. This table presents percentages based on total response ethnicity for Māori and Pasifika. Total response ethnicity is when people who have been identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  2. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  3. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.

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