Science literacy achievement: senior secondary schooling

Table 1: Distribution of PISA science literacy scores for New Zealand (2006, 2009and 2012)
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.
Distribution PISA 2006 PISA 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

Table 2: PISA science literacy mean scores and 95% confidence intervals for OECD, New Zealand, and sub-groups (2012)
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.
Group Mean Score Lower confidence limit (95%) Upper confidence limit (95%)
OECD 501 500 502
New Zealand 516 512 520
Boys 518 512 524
Girls 513 507 519
Māori 469 460 478
Pasifika 439 428 450

Table 3: New Zealand PISA science literacy mean scores, by gender (2006-2012)
Notes:
  1. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.
Year Gender Difference
Boys Girls Difference
Mean Score Standard Error Mean Score Standard Error Score Difference Standard Error
2006 528 (3.9) 532 (3.6) -4 (5.2)
2009 529 (4.0) 535 (2.9) -6 (4.6)
2012 518 (3.2) 513 (3.3) -5 (4.9)

Table 4: New Zealand PISA science literacy mean scores, by ethnic group (2006-2012)
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.
Year Science
Māori Pasifika New Zealand OECD Average
Mean Std Error Mean Std Error Mean Std Error Mean Std Error
2006 480 (4.9) 453 (7.5) 530 (2.7) 498 (0.5)
2009 487 (4.4) 448 (8.2) 532 (2.6)  501 (0.5)
2012 469 (4.8) 439 (5.5) 516 (2.1)  501 (0.5)

Table 5: Percentage of New Zealand 15-year-old students reaching PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels (2012)
Notes:
  1. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.
Proficiency Level New Zealand OECD Average
Below Level 1
(below 334.94 score points)
% 4.0 4.4
Standard Error (0.5) (0.1)
Level 1
(from 334.94 to less than 409.54 score points)
% 11.0 12.3
Standard Error (0.7) (0.1)
Level 2
(from 409.54 to less than 484.14 score points)
% 20.8 23.5
Standard Error (0.8) (0.2)
Level 3
(from 484.14 to less than 558.73 score points)
% 26.3 29.1
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)
% 10.9 7.3
Standard Error (0.6) (0.1)
Level 6
(above 707.93 score points)
% 3.0 1.1
Standard Error (0.4) (0.0)

Table 6: Percentage of New Zealand 15-year-old students reaching the PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels, by gender (2012)
Notes:
  1. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.
Proficiency Level Female Male
Below Level 1
(below 334.94 score points)
% 3.6 5.6
Standard Error (0.5) (0.7)
Level 1
(from 334.94 to less than 409.54 score points)
% 11.7 11.5
Standard Error (0.9) (1.1)
Level 2
(from 409.54 to less than 484.14 score points)
% 23.2 20.3
Standard Error (1.1) (1.3)
Level 3
(from 484.14 to less than 558.73 score points)
% 28.1 24.7
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)
% 9.8 11.6
Standard Error (0.9) (0.9)
Level 6
(above 707.93 score points)
% 2.1 3.2
Standard Error (0.4) (0.4)

Table 7: Percentage of New Zealand 15-year-old students reaching the PISA scientific literacy proficiency levels, by ethnic group (2012)
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.
Proficiency Level Māori Pasifika Total
Below Level 1
(below 334.94 score points)
% 7.4 13.7 4.0 
Standard Error (1.4) (1.9) (0.5)
Level 1
(from 334.94 to less than 409.54 score points)
% 18.1 24.5 11.0
Standard Error (2.0) (2.8) (0.7)
Level 2
(from 409.54 to less than 484.14 score points)
% 32.4 32.5 20.8 
Standard Error (2.4) (3.5) (0.8)
Level 3
(from 484.14 to less than 558.73 score points)
% 25.6 18.4 26.3 
Standard Error (2.0) (2.9) (1.1)
Level 4
(from 558.73 to less than 633.33 score points)
% 11.7 8.3 22.7 
Standard Error (1.6) (1.6) (1.1)
Level 5
(from 633.33 to less than 707.93 score points)
%  3.9  2.6 10.9
Standard Error (1.0) (1.0) (0.6)
Level 6
(above 707.93 score points)
% 0.8 0.0 3.0
Standard Error (0.5)   (0.4)