2016 Achievement Information

Where teaching and learning are guided and directed by the New Zealand Curriculum, schools monitor and report on year 1 to 8 students’ progress and achievement using National Standards.
 

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Key Findings

  • Overall the 2016 national standards data shows slight decreases in the proportion of students 'At' or 'Above' standard.
  • Achievement is strongest against the reading standard followed by mathematics and then writing.
  • Since 2013, Pasifika had the greatest overall increase in achievement compared to other ethnic groups and All students in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.
  • In 2015 girls are more likely to be 'At' or 'Above' standard than boys for Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.
Figure 1: Proportion of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the National Standards by subject 2011-2016

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Table 1: Proportion of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the National Standard by ethnicity and gender in 2014-2016
Student Type Reading Maths Writing
2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016
Māori 68.6% 68.9% 68.8% 65.0% 65.6% 65.3% 61.2% 61.8% 61.6%
Pasifika 65.0% 66.1% 66.0% 61.9% 63.3% 62.7% 59.7% 60.6% 60.5%
Asian 79.1% 79.0% 78.4% 83.3% 83.5% 83.7% 75.1% 74.8% 74.3%
European/Pākehā 84.3% 84.4% 84.2% 80.5% 80.8% 80.8% 76.8% 77.4% 77.1%
Female 82.4% 82.5% 82.1% 75.8% 76.2% 75.9% 79.2% 79.5% 79.4%
Male 73.8% 73.9% 73.6% 74.5% 74.9% 75.0% 63.4% 64.0% 63.4%
Total 78.0% 78.1% 77.8% 75.2% 75.5% 75.4% 71.1% 71.5% 71.2%

Ethnic Group

  • This is the fourth year that schools have provided achievement information for Asian and European students.
  • All ethnic groups are most likely to be 'At' or 'Above' standard for  Reading, followed by mathematics and finally writing, with the exception of Asian students who are more likely to be 'At' or 'Above' standard in mathematics.
  • Since 2015, the overall gap in achievement between 'Māori' and 'All students' has decreased very slightly, averaging at 10 percentage point difference.
Figure 2: Proportion of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the National Standards by ethnic group and subject (2016)

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Gender

  • Reported achievement of female students is higher than male students across all three standards.
  • The greatest gender difference in achievement is in writing, the least in mathematics.
Figure 3: Proportion of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the Reading National Standards by gender (2011-2016)

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Figure 4: Proportion of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the Mathematics National Standards by gender (2011-2016)

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Figure 5: Proportion of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the Writing National Standards by gender (2011-2016)

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Year Level

  • Since 2012, National Standards data has been reported by year level. Different year levels are assessed using different tests and may not be directly comparable.
  • Since 2014 there has been a decline in the proportion of students achieving at or above standard after their first and seconds years in schooling across all national standards.
  • Year 6 is the only year level to have seen an increase in all three subjects in 2016 compared with 2015.
Table 2: Percentage of students achieving 'At' or 'Above' the National Standard by year level
Student Type Reading Maths Writing
2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016
After 1 Year 64.5% 63.7% 62.0% 84.7% 84.5% 83.9% 75.3% 74.9% 73.5%
After 2 Years 79.0% 78.1% 77.2% 79.0% 78.8% 78.0% 75.1% 74.3% 73.4%
After 3 Years 82.3% 81.7% 81.1% 74.0% 74.2% 73.3% 71.7% 71.8% 70.9%
End of Year 4 83.1% 83.2% 83.5% 76.9% 77.3% 76.9% 73.1% 73.2% 73.1%
End of Year 5 80.7% 81.3% 81.5% 73.2% 73.8% 74.5% 68.7% 69.9% 69.9%
End of Year 6 83.1% 83.7% 83.9% 76.1% 76.3% 77.0% 71.8% 72.6% 73.3%
End of Year 7 74.7% 75.5% 75.4% 66.7% 67.6% 68.0% 64.4% 65.6% 65.3%
End of Year 8 77.7% 78.4% 78.2% 69.3% 70.3% 70.7% 68.1% 69.2% 69.3%