NCEA level 1

A formal school qualification is a measure of the extent to which young adults have completed a basic prerequisite for higher education and training, and many entry-level jobs.

School leavers are identified from the Ministry of Education's ENROL system, while highest school qualification is obtained from schools and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Data presented here is for school leavers with NCEA Level 1 and above, level 2 and above and level 3 and above (including a UE Award).

Identical information is available for the region's territorial authorities using the drop down menu above. For other territorial authorities first choose the appropriate region from the drop down menu above.Alternatively a large amount of school leaver data is available from our statistical pages. See School Leavers with NCEA Level 1

2017 data have not been updated in these tables but National and school level data is available in Senior Student Attainment statistics.

School leavers with at least NCEA level 1 or equivalent by ethnic group and gender (2014-2016)
Ethnic group Gender Below NCEA level 1 NCEA level 1 or above Percentage with NCEA level 1 or above
2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016
Māori Female 42 72 73 315 385 391 88.2 84.2 84.3
Māori Male 110 88 98 347 366 428 75.9 80.6 81.4
Māori Total 152 160 171 662 751 819 81.3 82.4 82.7
Pacific Female 10 9 6 58 65 73 85.3 87.8 92.4
Pacific Male 11 16 11 47 59 74 81.0 78.7 87.1
Pacific Total 21 25 17 105 124 147 83.3 83.2 89.6
Asian Female 6 6 6 63 67 59 91.3 91.8 90.8
Asian Male 6 7 3 54 62 70 90.0 89.9 95.9
Asian Total 12 13 9 117 129 129 90.7 90.8 93.5
MELAA Female 0 2 2 11 7 23 100.0 77.8 92.0
MELAA Male 0 1 0 12 12 12 100.0 92.3 100.0
MELAA Total 0 3 2 23 19 35 100.0 86.4 94.6
Other Female 3 2 3 5 4 8 62.5 66.7 72.7
Other Male 3 1 0 8 5 14 72.7 83.3 100.0
Other Total 6 3 3 13 9 22 68.4 75.0 88.0
European/Pākehā Female 48 64 62 875 882 936 94.8 93.2 93.8
European/Pākehā Male 136 94 123 975 962 974 87.8 91.1 88.8
European/Pākehā Total 184 158 185 1,850 1,844 1,910 91.0 92.1 91.2
Region Total Female 99 140 134 1,227 1,260 1,334 92.5 90.0 90.9
Region Total Male 236 192 206 1,311 1,301 1,350 84.7 87.1 86.8
Region Total Total 335 332 340 2,538 2,561 2,684 88.3 88.5 88.8
New Zealand Total Female 3,092 2,857 2,782 25,852 26,654 26,954 89.3 90.3 90.6
New Zealand Total Male 4,193 3,958 3,630 26,165 27,137 27,374 86.2 87.3 88.3
New Zealand Total Total 7,285 6,815 6,412 52,017 53,791 54,328 87.7 88.8 89.4

Notes:

  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian Females. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed.
  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.