Science / Pūtaiao achievement: middle schooling Publications
Results from 2017 showed that 20% of Year 8 learners/ākonga were at or above their expected curriculum level in 2017.
Author(s): Ministry of Education
Date Published: September 2021
Percentage of Year 8 learners/ākonga ‘at’ or ‘above’ the expected Science/Pūtaiao curriculum level.
Why this is important
An understanding of science/pūtaiao is necessary as society grapples with major challenges and opportunities confronting our world.
Science/pūtaiao education involves developing skills and knowledge to investigate the living, physical, material, and technological components of the environment and to make sense of them in logical and creative ways.
This indicator draws on assessments questioning: the structure of living things, human health, electrical circuits, dissolving, magnetism, fossils, and the environmental impact of human behaviour. Science in the New Zealand Curriculum is about exploration and the overarching core strand for learning up to Year 10 is the Nature of Science/Pūtaiao.
How we are going
Based on common items between the 2012 and 2017 NMSSA1 tests, there has been a marginal but not significant increase in scores for Year 8 learners/ākonga.
Against the science curriculum, learners/ākonga are expected to have achieved at ‘Developed Level 3 & 4’ by the end of Year 8. Results show that in 2017 20% of Year 8 learners/ākonga were at or above their expected curriculum level (Figure 1). Of learners/ākonga below the curriculum level, 56% were at ‘Emerging Level 3 & 4’
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