Pasifika Education Plan: Monitoring Report 2006

Publication Details

This report is the first in an annual series. It brings together information from the early childhood education, schooling and tertiary sectors to assess improvements in Pasifika education and forecast the likelihood of achieving the targets established in the Pasifika Education Plan.

Author(s): Ministry of Education

Date Published: July 2007

Executive Summary

The Pasifika Education Plan 2006-2010 (the Plan) provides the Ministry of Education with strategic direction for improving education outcomes for Pasifika peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The Plan was released in June 2006 and this is its first monitoring report. This report provides a national and, where possible, regional picture of how well the ministry is going towards achieving the goals and targets of the Plan based on our current work.

The previous Plan (2001-2005) saw significant progress in meeting participation targets, however making gains on achievement targets proved challenging. The current Plan builds on the strengths of the previous five years while signalling areas where extra effort is required to make significant lifts in Pasifika student achievement.

The report uses 2000 as a base year for quantitative analysis wherever possible and provides information on the current status of each target as well as giving a forecast position out to 2010.

Overall, this report shows a positive 'report card' where, based on what we are doing today, all targets bar one are heading in the right direction, forward. This report is the first step in knowing which areas will require additional effort. More specifically:

Early childhood education

  • participation will continue to improve from 85% in 2006 towards the forecasted position of 95%.

Compulsory education

  • the percentage of Pasifika students leaving school with at least NCEA Level 2 will be at least 51 percent. The forecast position exceeds this target at 52.2 percent.
  • Pasifika students leaving school with little or no formal attainment will match that of non-Pasifika school leavers by 2010;

Tertiary education

  • while Pasifika participation shows the greatest rate of increase at 22 percent since 2001 and at 3.5 percent in 2005, the forecast position is at 4.3 percent participation at degree-level or above, slightly below the target of 5 percent;
  • the five year retention rate target to increase retention at all qualification levels from 42 percent to 45 percent is likely to be exceeded with a forecast position of 48 percent by 2010;
  • the forecast position on five year completion rate for students who begin study in 2006 at bachelor degree-level is at 26 percent by 2010, and with more effort and the recent changes in the tertiary sector, it is expected that shifts will be made towards achieving the target currently set at 40 percent.

The activities contributing towards the education sector-wide goals are tracking well to be achieved by 2010. These activities include work on Pasifika languages, building capability and capacity, international work across the Pacific region, and the Auckland Strategic Action Plan amongst others.

Table 1: Summaried progress to date
Early Childhood Education (ECE):
Pasifika Education Plan: Current Status:
Lift Pasifika participation in ECE reported on entry to school from 85% in 2005 to 95% by 2010. Participation is currently tracking at 91-95% by 2010. The impact of FREE ECE and other initiatives focusing on raising participation means that participation at 95% is much more likely to be met.
Increase the number of registered Pasifika ECE teachers (37% in 2005). The target will be met.
Improve reported quality in Pasifika ECE services. Analysis to be included in October 2007 report.
Compulsory Education:
Pasifika Education Plan: Current Status:
Positive shifts in performance as measured by national and international assessments ( PISA, PIRLS, TIMSS and NEMP) by 2010. Data not available until late 2007 and 2008. Analysis will be included in future monitoring reports.
By 2010 the proportion of Pasifika students leaving school with little or no formal qualifications will match that of all school leavers. The target will be met.
Increase the proportion of Pasifika students leaving school with at least NCEA Level 2 or equivalent from 44% (2004) to at least 51% by 2010. The target will be exceeded at 52.2%.
Increase the number of registered teachers that are effective for Pasifika students. This will be informed by Education Review Office reports and included in February 2008 report.
Increase the number of Pasifika teachers. The number of Pasifika teachers has increased since 2002, but the Pasifika student: teacher proportion is still at 8% of Pasifika students compared with 2% of Pasifika teachers. The ministry is working through the TeachNZ campaign, and through Personalising Learning for Pasifika to recruit more Pasifika teachers.
Improve responsiveness through planning and reporting. Analysis to be included in the next report and will include information already collected by the Education Review Office.
Reduce the age-standardised rate of Pasifika suspensions in the compulsory education sector, currently at 9.4 per 1000, by 20% over the next 3 years. Suspensions projected to worsen for Pasifika. However the ministry is working in schools identified with high Pasifika suspension rates to identify ways of helping students stay at school. As a result of an increasing suspension rate, Pasifika has been an explicit focus of the Student Engagement Initiative since 2005. Schools within this initiative reduced suspension rates for M āori by 37.5 % from 2000 levels.
Increase Pasifika board representation from 3.1% to 4.2% of all trustees by the end of 2007. The ministry is still collecting and analysing elections data from the 2007 elections.

Establish five school community liaison clusters that are focused on student achievement by 2008.

The target will be met.
Tertiary Education:
Pasifika Education Plan: Current Status:
Increase the Pasifika participation rate at degree-level and above from 3.4% in 2004 towards a total of 5.0% by 2010. The forecast is 4.3% and is moving towards 5.0%. There is room for further increases. The Tertiary Education Strategy 2007/12 sets out the contributions government expects from the tertiary system over the next five years. Education agencies collaboratively, have greater leverage over the system meeting the needs of Pasifika students and communities. The ministry is working collaboratively with the Tertiary Education Commission and other agencies to ensure that all system levers are used to meet the Plan's targets to 2010.
Increase the Pasifika five-year retention rate at all qualification levels from 42% (2000-2004) towards 45% by 2010. Forecast is at 48% by 2010. The target will be exceeded.
Increase the proportion of Pasifika in Industry Training studying at level 4 or higher from 23% in 2004 towards 30% by 2010. Based on current efforts, the forecast is at 23%, remaining at the same level as in 2004. The ministry is working collaboratively with the Tertiary Education Commission and other agencies to ensure that all system levers are used to meet the Plan's targets by 2010.
Increase the participation of Pasifika people in Modern Apprenticeships closer to a rate that is in proportion to the Pasifika share of the national working age population by 2010. Based on current efforts the forecast is at 2.7%. This represents an increase towards the Pasifika share of the working age population, but there is room for further increases. The ministry is working collaboratively with the Tertiary Education Commission and other agencies to ensure that all system levers are used to meet the Plan's targets to 2010.
Increase Pasifika five-year degree-level completion rates from 32% (2000-2004) towards 40% by 2010. Based on current efforts, forecast is at 24%. This represents a decrease on the 2000-2004 completion rate.

In recent years the five year completion rate of all students in bachelor degree-level qualifications has decreased, possibly as a reflection of a tighter labour market and a preference for shorter, more vocationally orientated certificates and diplomas.

The ministry is working collaboratively with the Tertiary Education Commission and other agencies to ensure that all system levers are used to meet the Plan's targets by 2010.
Maintain the five-year higher level progression rate at 31% or higher The forecast position is 31%. The target will be met.
Tertiary Education Organisations to be able to demonstrate evidence of actions they have taken to consult with the Pasifika community and to address Pasifika aspirations. The ministry is working with the Tertiary Education Commission to enhance relationships with Pasifika communities. The Tertiary Education Commission has recently appointed a Pasifika Relationship Manager to provide strategic oversight across the tertiary sector.

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