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  • University rankings factsheets

    The latest performance of New Zealand universities in international rankings.

    Author(s): Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: August 2019

  • New Zealand tertiary education and industry training demand forecast 2019

    The New Zealand tertiary education demand forecast factsheet presents the methodology used by the Ministry of Education in forecasting the demand for provider-based tertiary education at Levels 3 and above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. It also includes tables summarising the most recent (2019) and past (2016-2018) forecasts.

    The Ministry has also produced a factsheet on the New Zealand industry training demand forecast. The factsheet presents the methodology used in forecasting the demand for industry training and tables summarising the most recent (2019) and past (2018) forecasts.

    Both factsheets will be updated annually.

    Author(s): Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: June 2019

  • Not just about NEETs: A rapid review of evidence on what works for youth at risk of limited employment

    The Ministry of Education commissioned this evidence review, with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, to determine how to improve interventions for young people who are likely to experience poorer than average employment over their lifetime.

    Author(s): Mandy McGirr, Independant Contractor and David Earle, Tertiary, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: May 2019

  • Persistent non-repayers

    This report analyses the characteristics of student loan persistent non-repayers. They are student loan borrowers who left study in 2006 with a leaving debt of at least $20 and who, as New Zealand-based borrowers, made no repayments in three or more consecutive years during the 10 tax years 2007/08–2016/17.

    Author(s): Loan Pham, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: April 2019

  • Comparing literacy and numeracy scales in the Assessment Tool and Survey of Adult Skills

    This report is intended to help educators and researchers using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool understand the extent to which results from the Assessment Tool can be compared with the results from the Survey of Adult Skills.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education

    Date Published: March 2019

  • Survey of Adult Skills: How are skills related to social and economic participation?

    New Zealand participated in the OECD's Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) in 2014. The survey is part of the OECD's Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

    This A3 looks at how skill levels relate to social and economic participation in New Zealand.

    Author(s): Paul Satherley, Tertiary, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2018

  • What can the Survey of Adult Skills tell us about how skills and education relate to social well-being?

    This paper presents some key results on how skills relate to health, social participation and social trust. People with higher skills and higher education have higher levels of self-reported health, volunteer more often, trust others more, and feel they have more political voice. This relationship holds almost without exception across education and literacy levels. It is stronger for health and say in government and less strong for trust and volunteering. Across the OECD, New Zealand has high levels of self-reported health, volunteering, interpersonal trust, and say in government.

    Author(s): David Scott, Tertiary, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2018

  • Survey of Adult Skills: What are some characteristics of people with strong skills?

    New Zealand participated in the OECD's Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) in 2014. The survey is part of the OECD's Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

    This A3 looks at some of the characteristics people with strong skills have.

    Author(s): Paul Satherley, Tertiary, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: December 2018

  • Survey of Adult Skills: Regional profiles

    We have developed a visual tool that shows regional distributions of literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills. The tool also includes information on related variables, namely: qualification levels, use of ICT at work and having English as a first language. The last variable is important as the Survey of Adult Skills only tests skills in English. It shows that the region with the lowest skills is South and East Auckland, while Wellington has the highest skills. The low skill levels in South and East Auckland is largely driven by the high proportion of the population for whom English is not a first language. The higher skills in Wellington are largely related to qualification levels and a higher proportion of jobs requiring ICT use. Wellington is similar to North and Central Auckland on both of these variables. However, North and Central Auckland has a higher proportion of the population for whom English is not a first language.

    Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2018

  • PIAAC measures of qualification, field of study and skill mismatch

    This technical note looks at the three measures of mismatch in the Survey of Adult Skills: qualification level, field of study and skills. It provides general comment on the strengths and weaknesses of each measure and how robust they are for policy purposes. It concludes that the qualification level mismatch is the most robust measure. The field of study measure has considerable methodological issues and should be used with caution. The skills mismatch measure is not suitable for use in analysis or international comparisons.

    Author(s): Amapola Generosa, MBIE and David Earle and Paul Satherley, Tertiary, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2018

  • The use of NCEA in the entry requirements of tertiary qualifications

    This brief describes the extent to which tertiary education providers use NCEA in the entry requirements for their qualifications.

    Author(s): Rebekah Roos and David Scott, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: November 2018

  • Student Loan Scheme Annual Report 2018

    The purpose of this annual report is to inform Parliament and the New Zealand public about the performance of the Student Loan Scheme in 2017/18. It also includes the audited financials schedules of the scheme for the year ending 30 June 2018.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: November 2018

  • Survey of Adult Skills: Pacific adults' literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills

    This is part of a series of in-depth reports from the Survey of Adult Skills. This report covers how the literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills (measured in English) of Pacific adults relate to their education and work. It also looks at how these skills compare to those of non-Pacific people and how they have changed over time.

    Author(s): Paul Satherley, Senior Research Analyst, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: October 2018

  • Going on to, and achieving in, higher-level tertiary education

    This project looked at factors associated with participation and achievement in higher-level tertiary education for young people up to the age of 20. One report looks at factors associated with participation at Level 4 and above, the other looks at factors associated with achievement in Level 4 certificates, Level 5 to 7 certificates and diplomas and bachelors degrees. The main findings from the project are summarised on this page.

    Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: September 2018

  • Post-school labour-market outcomes of school-based NCEA

    This report presents some basic statistics on what happens to school leavers in the first few years after school, and what difference school-based NCEA makes on post-school labour market outcomes.

    Author(s): David Scott, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2018

  • Impacts of University Entrance changes on Year 13 school leavers

    This factsheet looks at the impact of the 2014 changes to the requirements for University Entrance (UE) on Year 13 school leavers. In particular, the factsheet looks at UE attainment rates, NCEA Level 3 rates, progression to bachelors or higher tertiary study, and successful completion of first-year bachelors courses.

    Author(s): Zaneta Park, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis

    Date Published: August 2018

  • Profile & Trends 2016: New Zealand's Tertiary Education System [Part 6 of 6]

    This is edition 19 in an annual series on the tertiary education sector. Profile & Trends 2016: New Zealand's Tertiary Education System is one of six annual reports that, together, constitute the Ministry of Education's annual publication Profile & Trends.

    New Zealand's Tertiary Education System provides:

    • An overview of the trends in the tertiary education system for 2016.
    • A description of the tertiary education system and provision.
    • An update of changes to the system during 2017.
    • Enrolment indicators for 2017.

    Author(s): Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: April 2018

  • Monitoring Youth Guarantee 2017: Secondary-Tertiary Programmes

    This report provides results for young people who started in Secondary-Tertiary Programmes up to 2014, and their outcomes and destinations to 2015 and 2016.

    Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: April 2018

  • Monitoring Youth Guarantee 2017: Youth Guarantee Fees-Free places

    This report provides results for young people who started in Youth Guarantee Fees-Free places up to 2014, and their outcomes and destinations to 2015 and 2016.

    Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: April 2018

  • Method to determine the predominant field(s) of study of students and graduates in provider-based tertiary education

    This factsheet presents the method used by the Ministry of Education to determine the predominant field(s) of study of enrolled students and graduates at tertiary education providers.

    Author(s): Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: January 2018

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