18-Year-Old Attainment - Age

Building a productive and competitive economy is a Government priority and achievement in education is essential to this goal. Education helps New Zealanders develop the skills needed to reach their full potential and contribute to the economy and society.

A Level 2 qualification gives people opportunities in terms of further education and employment, contributing to better health outcomes and a better quality of life.

To boost skills and employment the Government has set a Better Public Service target that 85% of 18-year-olds will have achieved NCEA level 2 or an equivalent qualification in 2017.

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18-year-olds with a minimum of NCEA level 2 or equivalent, by the age they left school (2018)
Group Left school at
age 15
Left school at
age 16
Left school at
age 17
Left school at
age 18 or above
Level 2 or above Percentage with Level 2 or above Level 2 or above Percentage with Level 2 or above Level 2 or above Percentage with Level 2 or above Level 2 or above Percentage with Level 2 or above
Female 14 35.9 114 63.0 552 94.8 601 94.1
Male 15 27.3 148 58.7 571 90.9 549 93.2
Māori 17 29.8 106 56.4 363 90.1 331 93.0
Pacific 1 33.3 4 40.0 59 90.8 77 93.9
Asian 1 25.0 3 42.9 58 100.0 92 93.9
MELAA 0 0.0 2 50.0 18 100.0 17 85.0
Other 0 0.0 1 100.0 7 77.8 19 82.6
European/Pākehā 14 30.4 181 63.7 817 93.5 805 94.9
Total 29 30.9 262 60.5 1,123 92.8 1,150 93.6

Notes:

  1. The data in the above table relates only to the cohort of 18 year-olds; the age in the table is the age on their last day at school.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. International fee-paying students are excluded.