Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

This page provides links to information and statistical tables relating to NCEA Literacy and Numeracy Requirements.

As of 2013, in order to gain NCEA level 1 a candidate must gain 10 credits from specified literacy standards and 10 credits from specified numeracy standards as part of their 80 credits. 2011 and 2012 were transition years where students could achieve literacy and  numeracy with either the new requirements (detailed above) or the old requirements (8 credits from specified literacy standards and 8 credits from  specified numeracy standards).

Literacy and numeracy is calculated on a cumulative basis. Therefore any credits a student gains before the end of the reporting year, in which the student was 15-years-old as at 1 May, are counted towards meeting the literacy and/or numeracy  requirements. Students can achieve both literacy and numeracy, or can achieve only literacy or only numeracy.

One-on-One Dimensional Tables for Literacy and Numeracy

The chart below provides a number of one-on-one dimensional tables relating to Literacy and Numeracy 2009-2013

Dimension Age Gender Ethnicity
Ethnicity Spreadsheet Spreadsheet  
Student Gender Spreadsheet   
Education Region Spreadsheet Spreadsheet Spreadsheet
Regional Council Spreadsheet Spreadsheet Spreadsheet
Territorial Local Authority Spreadsheet Spreadsheet  
Decile Spreadsheet Spreadsheet  
Electorate Spreadsheet Spreadsheet Spreadsheet
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Time Series for Literacy and Numeracy

The spreadsheet below provides time series data in a single table for national Literacy and Numeracy results:

Literacy and Numeracy Time Series Download:

Calculating Achievement

Student:
A 15-year-old student enrolled for more than 20 days after 1 March in the reporting year.
Candidate
A 15-year-old student who has attempted at least one NZQF standard in the reporting year.

Literacy and Numeracy Statistics

n  =   Count of 15-year-old students who achieved literacy, numeracy or both by the end of the reporting year.

%  =   Proportion of 15-year-old students who achieved literacy, numeracy or both by the end of the reporting year, divided by the number of 15-year-old students in that year.

Literacy and Numeracy Data Dimension Notes

The Designation (e.g: Ethnicity Grouping) and its Designation Descriptions (e.g. Ethnicity Descriptions) are listed in the Dimension Notes below:

Age
The age of the student as of 1 May of the reporting year.
Student Gender
The gender of the student.
Ethnic Group

The ethnic group(s) a student identifies with.

Ethnicity reported using total response methodology; students are included in up to three ethnic groups but only once in the total. Students with no reported ethnicity are counted in Other, and the total.

NZAID Funded Student: New Zealand Agency for International Development funded student. A student on a scholarship from the New Zealand Agency for International Development. Prior to 2004 this was known as a MFAT scholarship. As of 2009 these students are now part of the domestic count and not included in international fee paying student totals.

IFP (International Fee Paying student) and exchange students are not included.

Note: Due to different data sources, the ethnicity-based comparisons on the NZQA website may differ from Ministry of Education ethnicity-based comparisons.

Ethnicity Grouping and Ethnicity Designations     (e.g: Ethnic Group = Pasifika   Ethnic Designation = Samoan)
  • Māori
    • NZ Māori
  • Pasifika
    • Samoan
    • Cook Island Māori
    • Tongan
    • Niuen
    • Tokelauan
    • Fijian
    • Other Pasific Island
  • Asian
    • Chinese
    • Indian
    • Other Asian
  • European/Pakeha
    • NZ European/ European / Pakeha
  • Other
    • Other
    • No Response
    • Unknown
Decile

The decile rating is the indicator used to measure the extent to which schools draw pupils from low socio-economic communities.

Decile 1 schools are the 10% of schools with the highest proportion of students from low socio-economic communities. Decile 10 schools are the 10% of schools with the lowest proportion of these students. A school's decile does not indicate the overall socio-economic mix of the school.

Regional Council

The regional council area of the school, as reported by Statistics New Zealand.

Territorial Authority

The territorial authority area of the school, as reported by Statistics New Zealand.

Education Region

The education region of the school. These are ten administrative regions created by the Ministry of Education and aligned with the Ministry's ten regional offices.

Year

Data is presented for the last five reporting years. Data is updated on a yearly basis. High-level time series information is presented from 2008.