About NCEA

This page provides general information relating to the National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) for secondary students.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) administers the NCEA for secondary students.

This NCEA data is used by both the Ministry of Education and NZQA to analyse achievement and participation of secondary school students.

Individual School Level Data on the NZQA website

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New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

For individual school  level data please see the NZQA website.  Please note that statistics may differ between NZQA and the Ministry of Education due to different analytics  and collection methods.


Some of the  differences are listed below:

  1. NZQA reports on attainment within a year, whereas the Ministry of Education reports on attainment cumulative to the end of the reporting year.
  2. Ministry of Education data includes students who were enrolled in the electronic school student register (ENROL) for more than 20 days after 1 March. NZQA uses their own enrolment information and also references July roll information.
  3. The school where a student's results are recorded by NZQA may not match the school where a student is reported by the Ministry of Education. This may happen because the school where the student is normally enrolled is not registered with NZQA.
  4. National monitoring using time series to observe trends over time of successive cohorts now use age rather than year level. Age at 1 May was found to have the best alignment with a student's first enrolment with NZQA as Year 11 entrants.