Mathematics literacy achievement: senior secondary schooling

Table 1: Distribution of PISA Mathematical Literacy Scores for New Zealand (2003, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015)
Note:
  1. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.
Distribution PISA 2003 PISA 2006 PISA 2009 PISA 2012 PISA 2015
10th percentile 394 401 392 371 375
25th percentile 455 458 454 428 431
Lower confidence limit (95%) 519 517 515 496 491
Mean 523 522 519 500 495
Upper confidence limit (95%) 528 527 524 504 500
75th percentile 593 587 589 570 560
90th percentile 650 643 642 632 613

Table 2: PISA Mathematics Literacy Mean Scores and 95% confidence intervals for OECD, New Zealand, and sub-groups (2015)

Notes:

  1. This table presents percentages based on total response ethnicity for Māori and Pacific. Total response ethnicity is when people who have been identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.
Group Mean Score Lower confidence limit (95%) Upper confidence limit (95%)
OECD  490 489 491
New Zealand  495 491 500
Boys 499493 506
Girls 491 486 496
Māori 452 445 459
Pacific 441 433 450

Table 3: New Zealand PISA Mathematics Literacy Mean Scores, by gender (2003-2015)
Notes:
  1. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.
Year Gender differences
BoysGirls Difference (Boys-Girls)
Mean scoreS.E. Mean scoreS.E. Score DifferenceS.E.
2003 531 (2.8) 516 (3.2) 14 (3.9)
2006 527 (3.1) 517 (3.6) 11 (4.7)
2009 523 (3.2) 515 (2.9) 8 (4.1)
2012 507 (3.2) 492 (2.9) 15 (4.3)
2015 499.47 (3.4) 490.92 (2.7) 8.55 (4.2)

Table 4: New Zealand PISA Mathematics Literacy Mean Scores, by ethnic group (2003-2015)
Notes:
  1. This table presents percentages based on total response ethnicity. Total response ethnicity is when people who have been identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  2. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  3. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.
YearMathematics
MāoriPasifikaAsianPākehā/European New Zealand OECD average
MeanS.E.MeanS.E.MeanS.E.MeanS.E.MeanS.E.MeanS.E.
2003 477 (4.6) 455 (6.6) 533 (5.4) 540 (2.2) 523 (2.3) 500 (0.6)
2006 479 (4.1) 460 (5.5) 543 (5.2) 536 (2.5) 522 (2.4) 498 (0.5)
2009 476 (4.3) 446 (5.9) 529 (4.7) 537 (2.3) 519 (2.3) 496 (0.5)
2012 452 (4.5) 431 (4.9) 530 (5.5) 517 (2.4) 500 (2.2) 494 (0.5)
2015 452 (3.8) 441 (4.3) 503 (3.9) 509 (2.7) 495 (2.3) 490 (0.4)

Table 5: Percentage of New Zealand 15 year-old students in each PISA mathematical literacy proficiency levels (2015)
Notes:
  1. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.
Proficiency Level New Zealand OECD Average
Below Level 1
(below 357.77 score points)
% 7.1 8.5
S.E. (0.5) (0.1)
Level 1
(from 357.77 to less than 420.07 score points)
% 14.6 14.9
S.E. (0.8) (0.1)
Level 2
(from 420.07 to less than 482.38 score points)
% 22.6 22.5
S.E. (1.0) (0.1)
Level 3
(from 482.38 to less than 544.68 score points)
% 25.3 24.8
S.E. (1.0) (0.1)
Level 4
(from 544.68 to less than 606.99 score points)
% 19.0 18.6
S.E. (0.8) (0.1)
Level 5
(from 606.99 to less than 669.30 score points)
% 8.6 8.4
S.E. (0.7) (0.1)
Level 6
(above 669.30 score points)
% 2.8 2.3
S.E. (0.4) (0.1)

Table 6: Percentage of New Zealand 15 year-old students in each of the PISA mathematical literacy proficiency levels, by gender (2015)
Notes:
  1. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  2. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.
Proficiency LevelFemaleMale
Below Level 1
(below 357.77 score points)
% 6.6 7.5
S.E. (0.7) (0.8)
Level 1
(from 357.77 to less than 420.07 score points)
% 15.0 14.2
S.E. (1.2) (1.1)
Level 2
(from 420.07 to less than 482.38 score points)
% 24.4 20.9
S.E. (1.3) (1.2)
Level 3
(from 482.38 to less than 544.68 score points)
% 26.4 24.3
S.E. (1.3) (1.3)
Level 4
(from 544.68 to less than 606.99 score points)
% 18.5 19.5
S.E. (1.2) (1.0)
Level 5
(from 606.99 to less than 669.30 score points)
% 7.2 10.0
S.E. (0.8) (0.9)
Level 6
(above 669.30 score points)
% 2.0 3.6
S.E. (0.4) (0.5)

Table 7: Percentage of New Zealand 15 year-old students in each of the PISA mathematical literacy proficiency levels, by ethnic group (2015)
Notes:
  1. This table presents percentages based on total response ethnicity. Total response ethnicity is when people who have been identified in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group.
  2. Standard errors are presented in parentheses.
  3. Figures may differ slightly to those reported elsewhere due to rounding.
Proficiency LevelMāoriPacificAsian Pākehā/
European
Total
Below Level 1
(below 357.77 score points)
% 13.8 15.4 7.0 4.6 7.5
S.E. (1.9) (2.1) (1.1) (0.5) (0.6)
Level 1
(from 357.77 to less than 420.07 score points)
% 22.6 26.8 14.2 11.3 15.1
S.E. (2.1) (2.5) (1.5) (0.9) (0.7)
Level 2
(from 420.07 to less than 482.38 score points)
% 27.1 28.4 20.5 21.9 21.6
S.E. (2.3) (2.9) (1.7) (1.3) (0.8)
Level 3
(from 482.38 to less than 544.68 score points)
% 22.3 18.2 23.7 27.4 22.7
S.E. (2.2) (2.1) (2.0) (1.2) (0.8)
Level 4
(from 544.68 to less than 606.99 score points)
% 10.9 8.0 20.5 21.7 18.1
S.E. (1.5) (1.5) (1.8) (1.0) (0.8)
Level 5
(from 606.99 to less than 669.30 score points)
% 2.9 2.6 10.1 10.0 10.5
S.E. (0.7) (0.9) (1.3) (0.9) (0.7)
Level 6
(above 669.30 score points)
% 0.5 0.7 4.1 3.1 4.5
S.E. (0.3) (0.5) (0.9) (0.5) (0.4)

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