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 Science Literacy Scores for New Zealand (2006 and 2009) 
2
PISA Science Literacy Mean Scores and 95% confidence intervals for OECD, New Zealand, and sub groups (2009)
3Percentage of New Zealand 15 year-old students reaching the PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels (2009)
4
Percentage of NZ 15 year-old students reaching the PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels, by gender (2009)
5
Percentage of NZ 15 year-old students reaching the PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels, by ethnicity (2009)



Table 1: Distribution of PISA Science Literacy Scores for New Zealand (2006 and 2009)
DistributionPISA 2006PISA 2009
5th percentile347348
25th percentile455461
Lower confidence limit (95%)525527
Mean530532
Upper confidence limit (95%)536537
75th percentile608608
95th percentile699697
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.



Table 2: PISA Science Literacy Mean Scores and 95% confidence intervals for OECD, New Zealand, and sub-groups (2009)
GroupMean ScoreLower confidence limit (95%)Upper confidence limit (95%)
OECD 501500502
New Zealand 532527537




Boys529521537
Girls535529541




Māori487479496
Pasifika448432464
Asian530521539
European/ Pākehā555550560
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. For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined).  For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.



Table 3: Percentage of New Zealand 15 year-old students reaching the PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels (2009)
Proficiency LevelNew ZealandOECD Average
Level 6 (Highest)41
Level 5189
Level 44329
Level 36958
Level 28782
Level 1 (Lowest)9695



Table 4: Percentage of New Zealand 15 year-old students reaching the PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels, by gender (2009)
Proficiency LevelFemaleMale
Level 6 (Highest)34
Level 51619
Level 44343
Level 37166
Level 28984
Level 1 (Lowest)9795



Table 5: Percentage of New Zealand 15 year-old students reaching the PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels, by ethnic group (2009)
Proficiency LevelMāoriPasifikaAsianEuropean/ PākehāTotal
Level 6 (Highest)21344
Level 584172118
Level 42415415143
Level 35037677869
Level 27862869387
Level 1 (Lowest)9487979896
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. For this indicator European/Pākehā refers to people who affiliate as New Zealand European, Other European or European (not further defined).  For example, this includes and is not limited to people who consider themselves as Australian (excluding Australian Aborigines), British and Irish, American, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
  3. Data for students identifying with other ethnicities (2%) are included in the total.

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